Restructuring of Arms Production in Western Europe

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Oxford University Press, 1992 - Arms transfers - 240 pages
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Profound changes are occurring in the structure of arms production in Western Europe. Concentration is increasing at a fast pace. Small producers are disappearing and even large ones are opting out of the market. The various national arms industries, long operating in protective environments, are rapidly internationalizing. Three factors combine to bring about this change: East-West detente, the creation of the Single European Market, and the constant pressure of increasingly complex technology. In this book experts describe how the framework for producing arms in Western Europe is altered, and how various actors--firms, governments, and trade unions--are adapting to the new situation. The book presents detailed analyses of all the arms-producing countries in Western Europe. In addition to describing recent changes, the authors speculate on the implications of these for the balance of power in Western Europe, the relations between Western Europe and the United States, arms exports to the Third World, and problems of converting from military to civilian production. The appendices include the SIPRI list of the 50 largest arms-producing companies in Western Europe; data on mergers and acquisitions, procurement expenditure, and exports of major weapons; selections from treaties and other official documents relevant to current and future regulation of West European arms production; and a select bibliography.
  

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Contents

What to expect in this book
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1 Comparative sales figures of the 10 largest European
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n Trends
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The impact of the CFE Treaty on the West European
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3 Actual and potential domestic procurement of major
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The Independent European Programme Group
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3 Arms productiondependent and diversified companies 19
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in Implications for the European arms industry
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Crisis and adaptation in northern Germany
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The tank and tankpart industry in northern Germany
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TH The weakness of the Italian arms industry
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Arms production and modernization in Spain
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2 Suppliers to and buyers from Spanish militaryrelated firms
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The developing arms industries in Greece Portugal and
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2 Value of Greek Portuguese and Turkish arms exports
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Swedens search for military technology
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Responses of the US arms industry
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Conclusions
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Part nI Country analyses
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Economic developments and overall defence policy
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Vn Concluding points
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French interests in European arms industry cooperation
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Consequences of the French arms exports crisis
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5 Major French armament cooperation programmes 197787
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Appendices
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1 Number of new Swedish military joint ventures 195085
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Summary
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Appendix A The 50 largest armsproducing companies in
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Table B 2 International takeovers in the arms production sector
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Appendix F Selected documents of the Independent European
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Appendix G Select bibliography
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Index
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Michael Brzoska is at University of Hamburg. Peter Lock is at Berghof Stiftung, Berlin.

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