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How the American military economy promotes bipartisan support for large defense budgets

Thorpe, Rebecca (2016) How the American military economy promotes bipartisan support for large defense budgets. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (06 Jun 2016). Website.

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Abstract

The Republican Party’s most recent Congressional budget envisions $6.5 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade, but leaves the country’s annual defense budget of nearly $600 billion relatively untouched. Why does Congress continue to allocate such large sums of money towards America’s defense, especially in a time of increasing deficits? Rebecca U. Thorpe writes that since World War II, government investment in the military has primed the economic pump for regions in the US which now predominantly vote for the Republican Party. This, in combination with the American people’s relative insulation from the effects of war, and their perceptions about external threats, makes it difficult for Congress to downsize defense budgets.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 13:13
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2020 23:31
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67231

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