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Shutting down the Cold War: The Politics of Military Base Closure / Edition 1
     

Shutting down the Cold War: The Politics of Military Base Closure / Edition 1

by David S. Sorenson
 

ISBN-10: 0312210906

ISBN-13: 9780312210908

Pub. Date: 07/15/1998

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US

In a process described by its critics as "brutal" and "heartless," a group of faceless commissioners closed down almost 100 military bases between 1989 and 1995. The process was hailed as a means to "take politics out of base closure," and it succeeded as surplus bases closed after a ten-year hiatus. But, as this book indicates, the politics of base protection

Overview

In a process described by its critics as "brutal" and "heartless," a group of faceless commissioners closed down almost 100 military bases between 1989 and 1995. The process was hailed as a means to "take politics out of base closure," and it succeeded as surplus bases closed after a ten-year hiatus. But, as this book indicates, the politics of base protection continued. In Shutting Down the Cold War, David Sorenson finds that the most powerful congressional representatives protected bases in their states and districts, and as a consequence the military never got as many bases closed as they desired. In this volume Sorenson unveils the political factors behind the process of military base closure, using three analytical models to examine the different levels of response to the procedure. He also reveals the ways in which base closure is a classic example of governmental reduction, to be studied for lessons about both the benefits and the hazards of government contraction. Shutting Down the Cold War is the first systematic book-length effort to take on the delicate issue of military base closure and to explain the intricate politics involved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312210908
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
07/15/1998
Edition description:
1998
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
• Explaining Base Closure
• Bases and Politics
• 1991
• 1993
• 1995
• Conclusions
• Select Bibliography
• Index

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