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War Making and State Making: Governmental Expenditures, Tax Revenues, and Global Wars

Karen A. Rasler and William R. Thompson
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 79, No. 2 (Jun., 1985), pp. 491-507
DOI: 10.2307/1956662
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1956662
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Abstract

Addressing the disputed relationship between war and the expansion of governmental expenditures and revenues, Box-Tiao intervention models are applied to a number of British (1700-1980), United States (1792-1980), French (1815-1979), and Japanese (1878-1980) spending and taxation series. Distinguishing between global and interstate wars, the more intensive and extensive bouts of warfare (global wars) tend to bring about abrupt, permanent impacts in contrast to the temporary changes associated with most interstate wars. The observed displacements are reflected in both war-related and nonwar-related types of expenditure and are also observed before 1900. Although our findings are not universally applicable and are subject to various other qualifications, they may be interpreted, in general, as reinforcing the need for an appreciation of the persistent centrality of war, especially global war, in the discontinuous growth and expansion of the modern state.

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