Military Technologies and Politics

Wim A. Smit

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Military Technologies and Politics

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This article considers military technological change and its relation with both politics and political analysis. It shows that this relation actually represents an entwined evolution of military technology, politics, and political analysis by conducting an in-depth analysis of military technological innovation since the Second World War. It describes several ways by which weapons development interacted with politics and political analysis. These include the transformation of national and international security issues in relation to the technological arms race and weapons proliferation and political control of weapons innovation.

Keywords: military technological change; politics; political analysis; weapons development; arms race; weapons proliferation; weapons control

Article.  9712 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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