“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.
The article presents an economic perspective of the main trends in the geographic pattern of the national defense in France. The authors propose an overview of both social and regional costs caused by the rationalization process of defense (paper in French).