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9. The Political Economy of Defence

Authors: J. Craig Stone, Binyam Solomon

Published in: Canadian Defence Policy in Theory and Practice

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

As a small open economy, Canada depends heavily on trade with other nations for its economic prosperity and depending on the year, between 70 and 80% of trading activity is with the United States. This chapter deals with the political economy of defence by examining the issue of national defence, one of the few areas of sole federal jurisdiction in Canada. The chapter addresses the interplay between domestic politics when contextually appropriate, the economic connections to the United States and how that relationship influences military procurement and the defence industrial base. The chapter discusses the fiscal and economic environment highlighting the international factors, national drivers and consequent federal government priorities that constrain the discretionary spending available to federal departments including the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). The chapter discusses the existing defence policy, the roles and tasks that are given to the Canadian Forces and the then discusses the procurement process utilized by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces including the defence industrial base that supports Canada’s defence department.

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Metadata
Title
The Political Economy of Defence
Authors
J. Craig Stone
Binyam Solomon
Copyright Year
2020
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26403-1_9

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