The Handbook on the Political Economy of War
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The Handbook on the Political Economy of War

Edited by Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Mathers

By defining political economy and war in the broadest sense, this unique Handbook brings together a wide range of interdisciplinary scholars from economics, political science, sociology, and policy studies to address a multitude of important topics. These include an analysis of why wars begin, how wars are waged, what happens after war has ceased, and the various alternatives to war. Other sections explore civil war and revolution, the arms trade, economic and political systems, and post-conflict reconstruction and nation building. Policymakers as well as academics and students of political science, economics, public policy and sociology will find this volume to be an engaging and enlightening read.
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Chapter 13: Arms Trade Offsets: What Do We Know?

Jurgen Brauer and John Paul Dunne


Jurgen Brauer and John Paul Dunne 13.1 INTRODUCTION In September 2002, an international conference on arms trade offsets and economic development was held in Cape Town, South Africa, and subsequently an edited collection was produced, drawn from selected conference contributions as well as other solicited papers (Brauer and Dunne 2004). All contributions represented original work and were peer-reviewed and thoroughly edited before inclusion in the volume. The authors include a sweep of top-notch experts in the field. Their institutional affiliation ranges from university professors to think-tank fellows, consultants in private practice and personnel at defense institutes and defense academies. The geographic origin or current location of the authors spans all continents. Likewise, the case studies include countries from across the globe. In alphabetical order they are: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The volume was published by Routledge in 2004. This chapter is our summary of the state-of-the-art as reflected in the book’s chapters, supplemented by an updated literature search and review (through to July 2009) and by a discussion of emerging issues and policy recommendations. Although both topics are treated in the book, we do not review here the theory of offsets nor the theory of the economic consequences of offsets. The literature search for 2004–2009 did not yield new empirical papers on arms trade offsets. We are aware of some work being conducted...

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