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Guns and ButterThe Economic Causes and Consequences of Conflict$
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Gregory D. Hess

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012812

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012812.001.0001

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The Political Economy of Warfare

The Political Economy of Warfare

(p.33) 2 The Political Economy of Warfare
Guns and Butter

Edward L. Glaeser

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the political economy of warfare and presents a model of warfare where leaders benefit from conflict even though the population as a whole loses. It provides a theoretical treatment of conflict with a large assortment of historical examples and case studies to clarify a proposed approach to understanding equilibrium conflict decision making. It investigates how a domestic challenger's attitude toward war affects a domestic incumbent's war decision making and explains how incumbent leaders could be influenced to undertake foreign conflicts that they might not otherwise engage in if a domestic challenger prefers war.

Keywords:   warfare, political economy, model of warfare, case studies, conflict decision making, domestic challenger, war decision making, incumbent leaders, foreign conflicts

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