Defence procurement as an industrial policy tool: the Spanish experience

Molas-Gallart, Jordi (1998) Defence procurement as an industrial policy tool: the Spanish experience. Defence and Peace Economics, 9 (1-2). pp. 63-81. ISSN 1024-2694

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Abstract

The procurement of military systems may be used as a tool to achieve industrial objectives. Medium‐sized industrialised countries have the choice of procuring foreign systems on the best economic terms available, or instead using defence procurement as a tool to build up domestic industrial and technological capabilities. The Spanish experience illustrates the difficulties in moving from a procurement approach that only occasionally considered industrial policy issues, to procedures that systematically attempted to use defence procurement to support domestic industries. The problems that emerged suggest the limits to using defence procurement as an industrial policy tool, and provide an indication of the range of feasible objectives attainable by the defence procurement policies of a middle‐sized, industrialised country.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Arms procurement; Spain; Defence industry
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Jordi Molas-Gallart
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:26
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2012 09:41
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16293
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