Both Guns and Butter, or Neither: Class Interests in the Political Economy of Rearmament

  title={Both Guns and Butter, or Neither: Class Interests in the Political Economy of Rearmament},
  author={Kevin Narizny},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={203 - 220}
  • Kevin Narizny
  • Published 1 May 2003
  • Economics
  • American Political Science Review
A major rearmament program can have a lasting effect on the balance of political and economic power between societal groups. It will typically require the expansion of progressive taxation and government interference in the economy, both of which are disproportionately harmful to the interests of the upper classes. Consequently, conservative governments that face a sharp increase in international threat should be more likely than their leftist counterparts to try to substitute alliances and… 
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