Disarmament and Defence Industrial Adjustment in South Africa

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

byPeter Batchelor, Susan Willett

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Peter Batchelor and Susan Willett analyse the response of the South African defence industry to drastic cuts in military expenditure and the demilitarization of society since the end of the cold war and apartheid, and the stabilization of the regional security situation. The new ANC-ledgovernment is seeking to use the resources released - the `peace dividend' - to restructure and revitalize the country's industrial base and to support reconstruction, development, and redistribution. A lively debate on the country's security needs and strategic doctrine is under way. As in othercountries, strategies of industrial diversification and conversion have met with limited success. In the absence hitherto of any coherent government policy on defence industrial adjustment, significant skills and technologies have been lost or wasted. This book provides a historical analysis of South Africa's unique opportunity to develop new and innovative policies on defence and security matters, the arms industry and arms exports, and makes a valuable contribution to the international debate on the relationship between disarmament anddevelopment.

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Peter Batchelor and Susan Willett analyse the response of the South African defence industry to drastic cuts in military expenditure and the demilitarization of society since the end of the cold war and apartheid, and the stabilization of the regional security situation. The new ANC-ledgovernment is seeking to use the resources releas...

Peter Batchelor is at University of Cape Town. Susan Willett is at King's College, University of London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.45 × 6.3 × 0.79 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198294131

ISBN - 13:9780198294139

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Excellent contacts with both the industry and the post-Apartheid government allowed a level of access to information which makes the book the definitive empirical study of the South African defence industry to date. The book, while largely descriptive and fact-oriented, provides interestinginsights into the political economy of defence production. It is instructive for those studying the relationship between the state and private sectors in general, as well as t hose interested in the study of the effects of defence decline in other cases, including Russia and several countries inWestern Europe. - Michael Brzoska. Bonn International Center for Conversion. 1998.