Working Papers, Department of Economics, McGill University 7/89
The interaction of oil exports from the Middle East in the 1970s with arms imports to this region has drawn attention from several researchers. The existing literature, however, is seriously flawed for it ignores the large corporate players whose actions synchronize the two flows of income and, thus fails to identify the significance of these corporations for the political economy of armaments. This present paper is the first of a series of four essays that attempt to relate the dynamics of market structures to the escalation of military sales. Here we briefly asses some neo-Marxist and institutional writings that offer insight into the subject of relevant issues. We find them deficient and perhaps outdated in some respects.
armament Baran corporation institutionalized waste Kalecki Middle East Macro-Marxism monopoly capital oil surplus Sweezy Tsuru underconsumption Veblen Vietnam War