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Josselin Droff January 27, 2017 Tags: , , , News No comments
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In December 2016, Samuel Faure defended his PhD dissertation entitled “Varieties of decision. The dilemma of armament policy in Europe: The case of France from 1945 to nowadays” (in French) at the Centre de recherches internationales (CERI)  of Sciences Po, Paris. He was awarded a PhD degree in political science.
His dissertation analyzes decision-making within the French defense procurement sector from the end of the Second World to the present. The study examines the puzzle of three ‘varieties’ of decision evidenced within the armaments industry during this period. Each variety of decision is instantiated in a separate public sphere: national, regional and international.
Why has France made procurement decisions at the national level and collaborated with international actors, both in Europe and globally, to acquire war materiel? In response, a configurational model is presented that posits that the varying degree of social interdependence to be found within this sector generates different decision outcomes.
This explanatory model is developed at two levels. On a practical level, the establishment of a particular procurement ‘practice’ (autarky, cooperation or importation) conditions whether or not France acquires weapons at the national, regional or international level. On a general theoretical level, the type of ‘configuration’ (‘amalgamated’, ‘disembedded’ or ‘inclusive’) explains the formation of that practice. The configurational causal mechanism is not considered the independent explanatory variable of the three varieties of decision but rather an explanatory condition, among others.
To empirically test the validity of this explanatory mechanism, 161 semi-structured interviews were conducted and two methods are used: ‘practice tracing’, a type of process tracing, and a ‘most-similar’ case comparison of three separate acquisitions – the French combat aircraft Rafale, the multinational transportation aircraft A400M and the American Reaper drone.

Agenda of the 11th Defence and Security Economics Workshop, Toronto, November 3-4, 2016

Josselin Droff August 22, 2016 Tags: , , News No comments
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The 11th DSEW will take place on November 3-4, 2016 at the Carleton University in Toronto. The agenda of this event is now available:

03 November

  • John McCormack (UK Defence Academy), “Liminality and Operational Efficiency in the Defence Sector”
  • Julieanna Powell-Turner (UK Defence Academy), “Sustainability and Defence”
  • Stuart Young (UK Defence Academy), “The UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review – Industrial and Economic Implications”
  • Peter Weltman (Parliamentary Budget Office), “Fiscal sustainability of Canada’s National Defence Program: A financial baseline for the Defence Policy Review”
  • Rod Story (Parliamentary Budget Office), “Canada’s Surface Combatant: Trade Space and Budget Sufficiency”
  • Laura Armey (Naval Postgraduate School) and Jonathan Lipow (Naval Postgraduate School), “Send Me! Selection to Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan”
  • Jomana Amara (Naval Postgraduate School), “Does service matter? Costs of healthcare for OEF/OIF Veterans with TBI”
  • Natalia Utrero (Spanish Defence University Centre), “Defence Spending, Institutional Environment and Economic Growth: The case of Military Alliances”


04 November

  • Christoph Zuercher (University of Ottawa), “What Do We (Not) Know about Development Aid and Violence? A Systematic Review”
  • Eli Berman (University of California San Diego), “Community Monitors vs. Leakage: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan”
  • Jacob Shapiro (Princeton University), “TBA”
  • Youssouf Kiendrebeogo (World Bank), “Who Supports Violent Extremism in Developing Countries?
  • Analysis of Attitudes Based on Value Surveys”
  • Karl Skogstad (Lakehead University), “Committed to the Cause: NATO Integration after the Cold War”
  • Oana Tocoian (Claremont McKenna College), “Who Gets the Guns? How Conflicts and Politics Drive International Arms Transfers”
  • Eric Weese (Yale University), “Rational Learning in Insurgencies: The Case of Afghanistan


If you expect to attend or for further information, please contact Prof. Ugurhan Berkok: berkok-u@rmc.ca

The 11th DSEW is sponsored by the Centre for Operational Research and Analysis (Defence Research and Development Canada), the Norman Paterson School for International Affairs (Carleton University), the John Deutsch Institute (Department of Economics at Queen’s University), the Royal Military College of Canada, and the Institute for Defence Resources Management at RMCC.

Call for papers – Twentieth Annual Conference on Economics and Security (16-17 June 2016)

Josselin Droff September 21, 2015 Tags: , , , News No comments

Hosted by TED University in Ankara (Turkey), the twentieth annual international conference on economics and security will take place in Ankara. It aims to provide an opportunity for economists, political scientists and others from around the world to share ideas and discuss future developments on defence and security topics.

The conference will have plenary sessions with keynote speakers and specialist workshop streams. Further information on the conference will posted on the conference website at: http://ices2016.tedu.edu.tr/en/ices2016/

If you are interested in organizing a session at the 2016 Conference, please send a proposal with a title, brief summary, list of titles and proposed speakers. If you would like to present a paper please send a title and an abstract of less than 300 words as soon as possible. Both should be sent before 1st April 2016 to: ices2016@tedu.edu.tr

Just released: The Evolving Boundaries of Defence, An Assessment of Recent Shifts in Defence Activities

Defense & Realms September 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , Publications No comments

“The Evolving Boundaries of Defence, An Assessment of Recent Shifts in Defence Activities (Emerald, 280 pp)”

Since the 1990s the industry has gradually repositioned because of geostrategic transformations, spatial reorganisation, budgetary trends, and evolutions within the production of defence per se, which have disrupted its economic and social fabric.

This collective book, edited by Renaud Bellais, analyses key features of recent and ongoing transformations of defence issues, from four perspectives.

The first section considers those factors which are redefining the boundaries of defence, with a focus on defence economics; part two focuses on the spatial footprint of defence and its transformations and analyses the insertion of defence activities within urban landscapes; the third part analyses how armed forces manage their human resources; and the final section considers the international landscape of defence.

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