Arms Trade And Economic Development / Edition 1

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Countries that spend scarce resources to import arms from abroad often require arms sellers to "reinvest" part or all of the proceeds back into the arms-importing country. These so-called "arms trade offsets" are therefore thought to enhance domestic economic development. But does this process actually succeed?

This book examines the theory and policy applications of arms trade offsets and looks at more than a dozen case studies drawn from across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The chapters, based on original research and published here for the first time, are all written by top notch experts.

That an impressive, lucid and cohesive volume such as this will interest defense economists can be taken almost for granted. This book will also be a useful and enlightening read for those interested in international development economics, military studies and policy makers across the globe.

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Table of Contents

1 Do offsets mitigate or magnify the military burden? 16
2 Using procurement offsets as an economic development strategy 30
3 Mandatory defense offsets - conceptual foundations 44
4 Economic aspects of arms trade offsets 54
5 Arms trade as illiberal trade 66
6 Defense offsets : policy versus pragmatism 89
7 Comparing British and German offset strategies 104
8 Offsets and the joint strike fighter in the UK and the Netherlands 117
9 Nordic offset policies : changes and challenges 137
10 Evaluating defense offsets : the experience in Finland and Sweden 149
11 Offsets in Belgium : between Scylla and Charybdis? 164
12 The defense industry in Poland : an offsets-based revival? 172
13 Offsets and the development of the Brazilian arms industry 187
14 The Argentine defense industry : an evaluation 205
15 The role of offsets in Indian defense procurement policy 217
16 Offset policies and trends in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan 233
17 Offsets and defense industrialization in Indonesia and Singapore 255
18 Defense offsets in Australia and New Zealand 271
19 Defense industrial participation : the South Africa experience 284
20 Defense offsets and regional development in South Africa 299
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