The Military, Economy and the State: A New International System Analysis

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2012 - 492 pages
In this dissertation, the author outlines a theoretical justification for a new world systems analysis in order to understand economic development and underdevelopment, and stratification systems that emerge within nation states because of their global social location. The author presents a detailed case for amending Wallerstein's World-Systems Analysis by empirically incorporating the interplay of the military, economy and state as opposed to his primarily economic division of labor that defines the core, periphery and semi periphery. The author does this by uncovering the latent structure of militarization and its articulation within the world system controlling for state strength. The author also outlines the basic profile of my Militarized International System (MIS) model based on an extension of C. Wright Mills' Power Elite (1956) thesis and empirically develop the model using a militarized division of labor. With data on 173 nation states, the author validates the model through analysis of variance (ANOVA) and multivariate OLS regression. The author also outlines a theoretical articulation of class, race and gender stratification in the world system informed by the empirical findings. In the end, the author makes suggestions for "undoing" stratification to inform movements seeking social justice based upon the world-systemic nature of global stratification, where stratification in its articulation cannot be localized and therefore cannot be "fixed" locally within particular nation states.

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