The political economy of military spending in Israel


Journal Article

Prior scholarly analysis of Israeli military spending has focused on national security questions. We present a mathematical model incorporating security threats as well as electoral cycles and corporate profits. The parameters are estimated empirically. The results support the idea that in Israel the military budget at the margins is also employed as a political-economic instrument to help manage the economy and to provide a favorable election climate for incumbents. It is suggested that the politicaleconomic dynamic widely attributed to Western industrialized societies may be of increasing importance in other societies throughout the world. © 1989, American Political Science Association. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mintz, A; Ward, MD

Published Date

  • January 1, 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 83 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 521 - 533

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-5943

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-0554

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/1962403

Citation Source

  • Scopus