Vol. 3 No. 1 (2008)

This issue contains a symposium on the British Military Industrial Complex (MIC), together with two stand-alone papers on Middle East cooperation, by Raphael Bar-El and Miko Malul and small arms proliferation in Asia by Stefanie Koorey, Stefan Markowski, Peter Hall, and Jurgen Brauer. The British MIC symposium brings together economists and noneconomists to consider a range of issues in arms production and governance, raising issues that deserve further research by economists. David Edgerton, argues for a political economy understanding of the important role that military industry has played in the U.K., while Keith Hartley considers the present relationship between the U.K. and European defense industrial bases and likely future conflicts. Nicolas Gilby provides evidence of past corruption in British arms deals, using documents recently made available through a Freedom of Information Act filing, while Anna Stavrianakis details the problems with the present system of arms export licences. U.K. dependence on the U.S. for nuclear weapons is forcefully shown by Dan Plesch, while Chris Langley analyses the continuing militarization of the U.K.'s universities. Jonathan Feldman provides a case study of one aspect of BAE Systems' past attempts at conversion to argue that the initiative failed for internal political reasons rather than for technical ones. Finally, Derek Braddon considers the changing ownership patterns of British arms producers and their implications for governance. Overall, the articles give a wide-ranging analysis of the British MIC and make clear the importance of continued research on a sector that is undergoing considerable change with important implications for future economic, political, and military security.
Published: 2008-01-01


  • The British military-industrial complex in history: The importance of political economy

    David Edgerton
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15355/epsj.3.1.6
  • European defense industrial policy and the United Kingdom's defense industrial base

    Keith Hartley
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15355/epsj.3.1.11
  • Corruption and the arms trade: The U.K. Ministry of Defense and the bribe culture

    Nicholas Gilby
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15355/epsj.3.1.21
  • Licensed to kill: The United Kingdom's arms export licensing process

    Anna Stavrianakis
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15355/epsj.3.1.32
  • A state in denial: Britain's WMD dependency on the United States

    Dan Plesch
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15355/epsj.3.1.40
  • Universities, the military, and the means of destruction in the United Kingdom

    Chris Langley
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15355/epsj.3.1.49
  • Can British defense firms diversify? The Nanoquest case and the limits to dual-use theories

    Jonathan Michael Feldman
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15355/epsj.3.1.56
  • Hidden depths: Tracing corporate ownership and its implications in the U.K. defence industry

    Derek Braddon
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15355/epsj.3.1.64
  • The role of external partners in regional cooperation projects in the Middle East

    Raphael Bar-El, Miki Malul
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15355/epsj.3.1.73
  • Channels of small-arms proliferation: Policy implications for Asia-Pacific

    Stefanie Koorey, Stefan Markowski, Peter Hall, Jurgen Brauer
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.15355/epsj.3.1.79
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