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How States Pay for Wars$
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Rosella Capella Zielinski

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702495

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702495.001.0001

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Long War Finance in Perspective

Long War Finance in Perspective

(p.115) Conclusion Long War Finance in Perspective
How States Pay for Wars

Rosella Cappella Zielinski

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter returns to the arguments presented in the previous chapters and emphasizes that how states pay for long wars provides leaders with opportunities to expand or contract the state's economy and shape society's relationship to the war effort. These opportunities, however, are shaped by the state's resource extraction capacity, location of war inputs, and the dynamics of the war. The chapter places this study of war finance into the expanding body of work that reflects the tenants of neoclassical realism, arguing that the characteristics of war—that is, duration or intensity—or how a war unfolds as well as the timing of battlefield successes—shapes the preferences of political actors as well as state capacity.

Keywords:   war finance, resource extraction, war dynamics, war inputs, warfare, long wars, state capacity

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