Captives of the Cold War Economy: The Struggle for Defense Conversion in American Communities (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2000 - Business & Economics - 205 pages
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The end of the Cold War in 1989 gave rise to hopes for a new, more peaceful international system and for the redirection of military expenditures--over one-half of annual U.S. federal discretionary spending--toward education and health care, renewing the nation's infrastructure, environmental mitigation, and alternative energy sources. At the beginning of the 21st Century, U.S. military spending remains stuck at 85% of the Cold War average.

Why? As Accordino explains, at the federal level, the Iron Triangle comprised of the Pentagon, defense contractors, and a conservative Congress maintained defense spending at Cold War levels, encouraging contractors to stay focused on defense. When some procurement cutbacks and base closures occurred, growth interests recruited lower-wage branch plants, sports, and entertainment facilities, rather than supporting the hard work of defense conversion that creates higher-paying jobs. Nevertheless, some defense contractors and community interests did embrace conversion, showing remarkable potential. Of particular interest to scholars and researchers involved with urban and regional planning, public administration and local politics, and regional economic development.

  

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Contents

The National Context Defense Spending and Conversion Policy in the 1990s
1
The Community Context Development Interests and Economic Dependency
25
The Military Metropolis Boosters Bases and Shipbuilding in Hampton Roads
43
The New Face of Defense Systems Engineers and Bureaucrats in Northern Virginia
73
Rural Areas and Small Cities Dependency Adjustment and Conversion
101
The State Politics of Defense Restructuring Adjustment and Resistance
131
Conversion Advocacy in Other States and Localities
147
Transforming the Politics of Defense Conversion
167
References
189
Index
199
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JOHN J. ACCORDINO is Associate Professor of Economic Development Policy and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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