Towards a Political Economy of Military Spending

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Creator: 

Robbins, Mark Douglas

Date: 

2015

Abstract: 

Although the direct costs of the military are well known, there is regular reference to the ‘spin-offs’ that supposedly justify military expenditure. Unfortunately, the heterogeneity and complexity of military institutions and political-economic landscapes has consistently eluded an even-keel and scientific analysis of military spinoffs. To pursue this question of military spending’s externalities further requires a stronger analytical foundation which clearly situates the military’s role within the political-economy. This work thus seeks to navigate a rich ontological landscape across a wide historical spectrum in order to colour the relationship between the military, the state, and society at large. Focusing attention on questions of military investment in human capital, military R&D, Keynesianism and other tenants of military spending, I posit that while military spending is tends to be less economically productive than comparable spending projects conducted through other means, military spending performs functions indispensable to the political-economic structure of the state.

Subject: 

Political Science
Military Studies
Economics - History

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Political Economy

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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