1st Edition

The Economics of Military Spending A Marxist Perspective

By Adem Yavuz Elveren Copyright 2019
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Economics of Military Spending offers a comprehensive analysis of the effect of military expenditures on the economy. It is the first book to provide both a theoretical and an empirical investigation of how military spending affects the profit rate, a key indicator of the health of a capitalist economy.

    The book presents a general discussion on the economic models of the nexus of military spending and economic growth, as well as military Keynesianism and the military-industrial complex. Including an account of the Marxist crisis theories, it focuses on military spending as a counteracting factor to the tendency of rate of profit to fall. Using a range of econometric methods and adopting a Marxist perspective, this book provides comprehensive evidence on the effects of military spending on the rate of profit for more than thirty countries. The findings of the book shed light on the complex linkages between military spending and the profit rate by considering the role of countries in the arms trade.

    Offering a Marxist perspective and an emphasis on quantitative analysis, The Economics of Military Spending will be of great interest to students and scholars of defence and peace economics, as well as Marxist economics.


    1 Introduction

    2 Economic models of the military expenditure-growth nexus

    3 Military Keynesianism and the military-industrial complex

    4 Marxist crisis theories

    5 The effect of military expenditure on profitability in Marxist theories

    6 An econometric analysis of the nexus of military expenditure and the profit rate

    7 Analysis of the nexus of military expenditure and profit: country cases

    8 Conclusion


    Adem Yavuz Elveren is Associate Professor at Fitchburg State University, U.S.A. His research focuses on gender and social security and the effect of military spending on the economy.

    "In this fine essay on the economic effects of military spending, Adem Elveren presents a wide-ranging review of Marxist, liberal and neoclassical perspectives alongside an extensive econometric investigation. This work should invigorate debate on the role of the military, a dangerous topic that has received too little critical attention in recent years.", James K. Galbraith, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

    "This important book offers a sophisticated analysis of the determinants of military spending and its economic impact. Adem Elveren provides a comprehensive review of the extensive theoretical and empirical literature, with a particular emphasis on Marxist debates, before turning to a rigorous original econometric analysis of its impact on the rate of profit.", Simon Clarke, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK

    "The book is a welcome addition to the defence economics literature. It addresses a theme that has not received the attention it deserves in the relevant literature. It demonstrates how Marxist analysis can be applied to contemporary issues and offer much needed and valuable insights from a non-mainstream perspective. An essential read for students and scholars working on defence economics.", Christos Kollias, University of Thessaly, Greece

    "This timely book provides a valuable overview of the effect of military spending on economic growth and the degree to which this results from its impact on profits. It is an impressive piece of work that combines modern empirical analysis with heterodox, particularly Marxian, theory to great effect.", J Paul Dunne, Professor of Economics, University of Cape Town, South Africa

    "In breadth and depth of coverage of its subject matter, and contribution in its own right, this volume is second to none for the student of military expenditure and its causes and effects. The expert w