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 17: A Public Choice Perspective on Defense and Alliance Policy

Bernhard Klingen

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17 A public choice perspective on defense and alliance policy Bernhard Klingen 17.1 INTRODUCTION Public choice analyses of defense and alliance policy are fairly scant. More than 20 years ago Hartley (1987, p. 399) “recognised that the analytical ...

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