Defense Policy in the North Atlantic Alliance: The Case of the Netherlands

Defense Policy in the North Atlantic Alliance: The Case of the Netherlands

by Jan W. Honig


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Who defines defense policy in the North Atlantic Alliance? Is it NATO, the national government, or the national military? Dutch scholar Jan Willem Honig addresses this widely misunderstood issue. His conclusion—which runs counter to the conventional wisdom that NATO is highly influential—is that the decisive influence in defining defense policy lies neither with NATO nor the allied governments but with the individual national military establishments. He argues that the Alliance does not possess the powers or the institutional framework to effectively control or steer allied defense policies.

Honig's important and timely conclusion challenges conventional wisdom. He analyzes the issue in a detailed case study of the Netherlands' defense policy between 1949 and 1991. Because the fabric of Western security is undergoing its most radical transformation since NATO's inception, this study is especially valuable for its analysis of the changing parameters of European defense requirements. Policy makers and academics interested in NATO will find this work illuminating.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275943691
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/30/1993
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)

About the Author

JAN WILLEM HONIG teaches in the department of Liberal Studies at New York University. He was until recently a MacArthur post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of War Studies, King's College, London and a research associate at the Institute for East-West Security Studies in New York.

Table of Contents


The Rebuilding of the Armed Forces in the 1950s

Frustrated Consolidation: The Armed Forces during the 1960s

The Defense Department and Its Finances

The Defense Debate, 1970-1972

The De Koster Ministry, 1971-1973

The Netherlands and NATO, 1951-1973

The Labor Party and Defense

The 1974 Defense White Paper

"A Road Full of Misery"—Executing a Labor Defense Policy

New Challenges, Old Responses: The Armed Forces in the 1980s



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