Scholars and statesmen have debated the influence of international commerce on war and peace for thousands of years. Over the centuries, analysts have generally treated the questions "Does international commerce influence security?" and "Do trade flows influence security?" as synonymous.
In Producing Security, Stephen Brooks maintains that such an overarching focus on the security implications of trade once made sense but no longer does. Trade is no longer the primary means of organizing international economic transactions; rather, where and how multinational corporations (MNCs) organize their international production activities is now the key integrating force of global commerce.
MNC strategies have changed in a variety of fundamental ways over the past three decades, Brooks argues, resulting in an increased geographic dispersion of production across borders. The author shows that the globalization of production has led to a series of shifts in the global security environment. It has a differential effect on security relations, in part because it does not encompass all countries and industries to the same extent. The book's findings indicate that the geographic dispersion of MNC production acts as a significant force for peace among the great powers. The author concludes that there is no basis for optimism that the globalization of production will promote peace elsewhere in the world. Indeed, he finds that it has a net negative influence on security relations among developing countries.
"An original and important work that all researchers concerned with the security implications of economic trends will want to read. Brooks's careful craftsmanship is evident from start to finish. Importantly, he forces our attention away from simple trade flows to the underlying forces of transnational production that will continue to have central consequences for global security in our age."--Brian M. Pollins, Perspectives on Politics
"[A] path-breaking book. . . . [T]his is an innovative, sound, systematic, and insightful volume for all those who are interested in the implications of economic globalization for interstate war and peace."--Quan Li, Ethics and International Affairs
"Producing Security is an important and timely work, and makes a compelling argument for the importance and economic consequences of the globalization of production . . . . [It] merits real praise for attempting to bridge the often all-too-wide gap between international political economy and security studies."--Tanisha M. Fazal, Political Science Quarterly
"An original and important work that all researchers concerned with the security implications of economic trends will want to read. Brooks's careful craftsmanship is evident from start to finish. Importantly, he forces our attention away from simple trade flows to the underlying forces of transnational production that will continue to have central consequences for global security in our age."--Glen Hastedt, Perspectives on Politics
"A much welcomed addition to the security literature; indeed one of the more innovative in recent memory."--Darryl S.L. Jarvis, Australian Journal of Public Affairs
Table of Contents:
List of Figures ix
List of Tables xi
Chapter 1. Introduction 1
Chapter 2. Understanding the Globalization of Production 16
Chapter 3. Theoretical Foundations 47
Chapter 4. The Globalization of Production and Military Technological Competitiveness 80
Chapter 5. The Globalization of Production, Economic Integration, and Regional Security in the Developing World 129
Chapter 6. The Globalization of Production and the Economic Benefits of Conquest 161
Chapter 7. Current Security Implications of the Globalization of Production 207
Chapter 8. Looking toward the Future 246
Index of Sources 295
General Index 303
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