Making Peace Possible

Making Peace Possible

The Promise of Economic Conversion

1st Edition - June 30, 1989

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  • Authors: Lloyd J. Dumas, Marek Thee
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483299280

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In Making Peace Possible, the editors have presented a range of papers which focus on the theory and practice of economic conversion of military-oriented industry to civilian use. The book brings together a wealth of information from academic research and from case studies undertaken by individual countries and by the United Nations. Covering such diverse topics as the relationship between the level of armament expenditure in the industrialized countries and economic aid to less developed countries, the economic impact of ever-increasing expenditure on arms, and the theory and practical experience of economic conversion projects in the US and Scandinavia, Making Peace Possible shows that economic conversion from military to civilian use can help form the basis for a more peaceful and economically stable world.


For students, academics and all those interested in the fields of peace studies, development economics and international relations.

Table of Contents

  • Preface. Conversion: the idea whose time has come, I Thorsson. Economic Conversion for Disarmament and Development. Economic conversion: the critical link, L J Dumas. International experience of conversion, N Ball. Economic conversion as a set of organising ideas, L R Peattie. Conversion to a peaceful economy: criteria, objectives, and constituencies, M G Renner. Swords into ploughshares: the quest for peace and human development, M Thee. Economic Conversion in the United States. Arms exports: the stop-gap alternative to Pentagon contracts?, P Quigley. Swords and sheepskins: militarisation of higher education in the United States and prospects of its conversion, R Krinsky. Facing the second generation of the nuclear weapons complex: renewal of the nuclear production base or economic conversion?, G Bischak. Converting the military economy through the local state: local conversion prospects in Massachusetts, J M Feldman. Law for economic conversion: necessity and characteristics, S Melman. Armaments and the Economy. Arms conversion and the defence industry in the United Kingdom: a review of recent developments, T Woodhouse, S Schofield & P Southwood. High technology programmes: for the military or for the economy?, M Pianta. Scandinavian Studies. Conversion from military to civil production in Sweden, I Thorsson. Conversion: global, national and local effects. A case study of Norway, N P Gleditsch, O Bjerkholt & A Cappelen. Conclusion. The promise of economic conversion, L J Dumas. Appendix. United Nations Study on the Relationship between Disarmament and Development. About the contributors. Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 317
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1989
  • Published: June 30, 1989
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483299280

About the Authors

Lloyd J. Dumas

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Marek Thee

Affiliations and Expertise

International Peace Research Institute, Norway

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