Arms Races

Arms Races

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A long tradition of theoretical and empirical work has been devoted to the question of the driving forces in the arms race since the 1960s. This book takes up the internal factors of arms dynamics, such as bureaucratic politics, interservice rivalry, and the military-industrial complex, as well as external factors such as interactive arms dynamics between the two superpowers. It also deals with the question of technological determinism - the ideas that what is technically possible will be done as opposed to the idea that `politics is in command'. Finally, factors in the international system affecting arms races are also examined, such as long economic waves and power transitions.Note, however, that this explanation rests upon a technical argument - that this form of technological change offers ... one, and the extraordinarily low drift rates quoted for Draper gyroscopes were, he said, a#39;bullshita#39;, the product of an artificial test ... Though his analysis is not unique, we should not accept it unproblematic- ally.

Title:Arms Races
Author:Nils Petter Gleditsch, Olav Njølstad
Publisher:SAGE Publications Limited - 1990-02-01


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