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MILITARY EXPENDITURES AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE THIRD WORLD

By ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΣ ΓΙΑΝΝΙΤΣΙΩΤΗΣ

Abstract

THE STUDY AIMS AT EXAMINING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ARMAMENTS AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE THIRD WORLD, IN PARTICULAR, SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA. TO ATTAIN THIS AIM THERE HAS BEEN USED A COMBINATION OF THEORETICAL ANALYSIS OF ARMAMENTS, MILITARY EXPENDITURES AND DEVELOPMENT FOLLOWED BY STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF SUB-SAHARIAN AFRICA AND EMPIRICAL STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MILITARY EXPENDITURES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE REGION. A GENERAL CONCLUSION OF THIS STUDY IS THAT RESOURCES DEVOTED TO ARMAMENTS COULD HAVE BEEN USED FOR DEVELOPMENT TO THE BENEFIT OF HUMANITY AS A WHOLE INSTEAD OF PROVIDING SECURITY FOR A SMALL PART OF IT. CONCERNING SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA IN PARTICULAR, THERE HAS BEEN NOTICED A STRENGTHENING OF SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL STRUCTURES INHERITED FROM THE COLONIAL ERA, ACCOMPANIED WITH A MORE INFLUENTIAL ROLE OF THE ARMY IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS WHICH CONSEQUENTLY LEADS TO PROLONGING THE VICIOUS CIRCLEOF POVERTY AND UNDERDEVELOPMENT (ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL) OF THE REGION.

Topics: AFRICA (SUB-SAHARAN) - THIRD WORLD, ARMAMENTS, Development, International Political Economy, International relations, MILITARY EXPENDITURES, Ανάπτυξη, ΑΦΡΙΚΗ (ΥΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΣΑΧΑΡΑ) - ΤΡΙΤΟΣ ΚΟΣΜΟΣ, Διεθνείς σχέσεις, Διεθνής Πολιτική Οικονομία, ΣΤΡΑΤΙΩΤΙΚΕΣ ΔΑΠΑΝΕΣ, ΣΤΡΑΤΙΩΤΙΚΟΙ ΕΞΟΠΛΙΣΜΟΙ
Publisher: Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
Year: 1996
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