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Arms and Conflict in the Middle East Vol: 13

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21 Dec 2009
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
272 pages - 152 x 229 x 16mm
Contributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development


This study contributes to the debate on whether defense spending encourages or hinders economic growth. The effect of politics on economic growth in developing societies is assessed, with a focus on the Middle East. The study is the first to add conflict variables to the production function defense-growth model and test them empirically across countries and regions, and provide robust empirical evidence on the differential effects of interstate and intrastate conflicts on economic growth. The study provides compelling empirical evidence and guidelines to policy decision makers on how to allocate the resources of their states and adopt policies that promote political economic development. The study urges Third World leaders to improve levels of freedom, democracy, and openness of their political systems because the results confirm that political factors are at least as important as economic factors in promoting economic growth. Furthermore, the results attest that the reallocation of resources from military to the civilian sector is the sine qua non to improve the performance of developing countries' economies.
Chapter 1 Introduction. Chapter 2 The political economy of the Middle East. Chapter 3 Arab Israeli conflict. Chapter 4 Arms in the middle east. Chapter 5 Theories and models. Chapter 6 The model. Chapter 7 Data and estimation and results. Chapter 8 Conclusion. References. List of Tables. List of Figures. Appendix A. Appendix B. Appendix C. Contributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development. Arms and Conflict in the Middle East. Copyright page. Subject Index. Foreword.

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