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Producing Security: Multinational Corporations, Globalization, and the Changing Calculus of Conflict / Edition 1
     

Producing Security: Multinational Corporations, Globalization, and the Changing Calculus of Conflict / Edition 1

by Stephen G. Brooks, C. John Ikenberry, Thomas Christensen
 

ISBN-10: 0691130310

ISBN-13: 9780691130316

Pub. Date: 02/05/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Scholars and statesmen have debated the influence of international commerce on war and peace for thousands of years. Over the centuries, analysts have generally treated the questions "Does international commerce influence security?" and "Do trade flows influence security?" as synonymous.

In Producing Security, Stephen Brooks maintains that such an

Overview

Scholars and statesmen have debated the influence of international commerce on war and peace for thousands of years. Over the centuries, analysts have generally treated the questions "Does international commerce influence security?" and "Do trade flows influence security?" as synonymous.

In Producing Security, Stephen Brooks maintains that such an overarching focus on the security implications of trade once made sense but no longer does. Trade is no longer the primary means of organizing international economic transactions; rather, where and how multinational corporations (MNCs) organize their international production activities is now the key integrating force of global commerce.

MNC strategies have changed in a variety of fundamental ways over the past three decades, Brooks argues, resulting in an increased geographic dispersion of production across borders. The author shows that the globalization of production has led to a series of shifts in the global security environment. It has a differential effect on security relations, in part because it does not encompass all countries and industries to the same extent. The book's findings indicate that the geographic dispersion of MNC production acts as a significant force for peace among the great powers. The author concludes that there is no basis for optimism that the globalization of production will promote peace elsewhere in the world. Indeed, he finds that it has a net negative influence on security relations among developing countries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691130316
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/05/2007
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Series
Edition description:
New
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,206,954
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix
List of Tables xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Chapter 1. Introduction 1
Chapter 2. Understanding the Globalization of Production 16
Chapter 3. Theoretical Foundations 47
Chapter 4. The Globalization of Production and Military Technological Competitiveness 80
Chapter 5. The Globalization of Production, Economic Integration, and Regional Security in the Developing World 129
Chapter 6. The Globalization of Production and the Economic Benefits of Conquest 161
Chapter 7. Current Security Implications of the Globalization of Production 207
Chapter 8. Looking toward the Future 246
Bibliography 267
Index of Sources 295
General Index 303

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