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Security And Economy In The Third World
Security And Economy In The Third World
By Nicole Ball
Princeton University Press, 1988, 432 pp

Inadequate and unreliable data, difficulties in establishing cause and effect, great variations among countries in economic condition and the place of the military are among the obstacles to sound generalization about the impact of security expenditures on development. So the result of this extensive study financed by the Swedish government is a "framework" and not a "general theory." It is especially valuable in noting complex connections and factors that might make security expenditures negative or positive in their effects. In spite of the uncertainties the author ventures the cautious conclusion that such expenditures are more likely to hinder than to promote economic growth and development in the Third World.