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The American warfare state : the domestic politics of military spending, Rebecca U. Thorpe

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The American warfare state : the domestic politics of military spending
Title
The American warfare state
Title remainder
the domestic politics of military spending
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca U. Thorpe
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
How is it that the United States{u2014}a country founded on a distrust of standing armies and strong centralized power{u2014}came to have the most powerful military in history? Long after World War II and the end of the Cold War, in times of rising national debt and reduced need for high levels of military readiness, why does Congress still continue to support massive defense budgets? In The American Warfare State, Rebecca U. Thorpe argues that there are profound relationships among the size and persistence of the American military complex, the growth in presidential power to launch military actions, and the decline of congressional willingness to check this power. The public costs of military mobilization and war, including the need for conscription and higher tax rates, served as political constraints on warfare for most of American history. But the vast defense industry that emerged from World War II also created new political interests that the framers of the Constitution did not anticipate. Many rural and semirural areas became economically reliant on defense-sector jobs and capital, which gave the legislators representing them powerful incentives to press for ongoing defense spending regardless of national security circumstances or goals. At the same time, the costs of war are now borne overwhelmingly by a minority of soldiers who volunteer to fight, future generations of taxpayers, and foreign populations in whose lands wars often take place. Drawing on an impressive cache of data, Thorpe reveals how this new incentive structure has profoundly reshaped the balance of wartime powers between Congress and the president, resulting in a defense industry perennially poised for war and an executive branch that enjoys unprecedented discretion to take military action. --Provided by publisher
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Thorpe, Rebecca U
Dewey number
322/.50973
Index
no index present
LC call number
UA23
LC item number
.T48 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Chicago series on international and domestic institutions
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Civil-military relations
  • United States
Label
The American warfare state : the domestic politics of military spending, Rebecca U. Thorpe
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • World War II and the Politics of Defense Spending
  • 3.
  • World War II Military Mobilization: Origins of the Rural Defense Pork Barrel
  • 4.
  • From Shared Sacrifice to Local Subsidy: Dispersing Defense Benefits and Externalizing War Costs
  • 5.
  • Local Defense Dependence and Congressional Weapons Spending
  • 6.
  • The Distributive Politics of Defense Contracting
  • pt. III
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • You and Whose Army? Expansive Presidential War Powers
  • 7.
  • Economic Reliance and War
  • 8.
  • Executive Independence in Military Affairs
  • 9.
  • Conclusion: The Warfare State
  • pt. I
  • Theoretical and Historical Overview
  • 1.
  • Introduction: Perpetuating the US Military Economy
  • 2.
  • Presidential War Powers in Historical Perspective
  • pt. II
Control code
859446812
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 245 pages
Isbn
9780226124070
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013043064
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)859446812
Label
The American warfare state : the domestic politics of military spending, Rebecca U. Thorpe
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • World War II and the Politics of Defense Spending
  • 3.
  • World War II Military Mobilization: Origins of the Rural Defense Pork Barrel
  • 4.
  • From Shared Sacrifice to Local Subsidy: Dispersing Defense Benefits and Externalizing War Costs
  • 5.
  • Local Defense Dependence and Congressional Weapons Spending
  • 6.
  • The Distributive Politics of Defense Contracting
  • pt. III
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • You and Whose Army? Expansive Presidential War Powers
  • 7.
  • Economic Reliance and War
  • 8.
  • Executive Independence in Military Affairs
  • 9.
  • Conclusion: The Warfare State
  • pt. I
  • Theoretical and Historical Overview
  • 1.
  • Introduction: Perpetuating the US Military Economy
  • 2.
  • Presidential War Powers in Historical Perspective
  • pt. II
Control code
859446812
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 245 pages
Isbn
9780226124070
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013043064
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)859446812

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