Militarization, Democracy, and Development: The Perils of by Kirk S. Bowman

By Kirk S. Bowman

Do 3rd international international locations make the most of having huge militaries, or does this hamper their improvement? within the face of conflicting proof from earlier quantitative study and case reviews, Kirk Bowman units out to discover simply what impression militarization has had on improvement in Latin the US.

Identifying designated beneficial properties of the army as an establishment in Latin the USA, Kirk Bowman makes use of statistical research to illustrate that militarization has had a very malignant effect during this sector of the area on 3 key measures of improvement: democracy, financial progress, and fairness. For this quantitative comparability he attracts on longitudinal information for a pattern of seventy six constructing international locations and for 18 Latin American countries.

To light up the causal mechanisms at work--how corporation and series function within the dating among militarization and those 3 parts of development--Bowman deals a close comparability of Costa Rica and Honduras among 1948 and 1998. The case stories not just serve to reinforce his normal argument in regards to the destructive results of militarization but additionally offer many new insights into the methods of democratic consolidation and monetary transformation in those crucial American international locations.

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Especially when number of soldiers per thousand inhabitants or military participation ratio (MPR) is the indicator. 31 32 Introduction one has a conviction that area-specific context is important, one would likely sit back and ask whether there are any systematic differences between different sets of militaries in the world that may bias the large-N studies. I have concluded that all LDC militaries are not the same variable and that the difference is to such a degree as to create a ‘‘cat-dog’’ variable.

36. ’’ This body of work shares certain characteristics: (1) it is sensitive to international factors but rejects the idea that external factors determine internal dynamics; (2) the state is an important actor for development—potentially with both negative and positive consequences; (3) conflict and alliance among classes or fractions of classes shape historical processes; (4) long-term processes of change at the macro-level are often studied. 39 40 Introduction Huber (1995) assesses state strength with reference to Latin America, conceptualizing state strength broadly as the ability to achieve four goals: ‘‘(1) enforcement of the rule of law throughout the state’s entire territory and population (legal order); (2) promotion of economic growth (accumulation); (3) elicitation of voluntary compliance from the population over which the state claims control (legitimation); and (4) shaping of the allocation of societal resources (distribution)’’ (167).

I show how a greatly reduced military budget and a decision to pursue citizen-centric security rather than doctrines of national security in Costa Militarization and Development Rica resulted in the state capacity and resources to transform the economy after the crisis of the early 1980s. In the rest of the Central American isthmus, the quest for internal security led to increased militarization during the Cold War. Large portions of the budget that could have gone to economic restructuring and infrastructure were consumed by the armed forces.

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