Economic Development and Military Effectiveness

  title={Economic Development and Military Effectiveness},
  author={Michael Beckley},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  pages={43 - 79}
  • Michael Beckley
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • Economics, Political Science
  • Journal of Strategic Studies
Abstract What makes some states more militarily powerful than others? A growing body of research suggests that certain ‘non-material’ factors significantly affect a country's ability to translate resources into fighting power. In particular, recent studies claim that democracy, Western culture, high levels of human capital, and amicable civil-military relations enhance military effectiveness. If these studies are correct, then military power is not solely or even primarily determined by… 

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