European defence industry consolidation and domestic procurement bias

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How have European cross-border defence industrial mergers and
acquisitions affected domestic procurement bias among the major
EU powers? This article departs from the findings of Andrew
Moravcsik more than two decades ago suggesting that major
West European states had no ingrained preferences for defence
industrial autarchy. When cross-national armament projects were
derailed, this could be attributed to political efforts of national
defence industrial champions favouring purely domestic projects.
As former national champions join pan-European defence groups,
their preferences are likely modified. Does this shift procurement
towards non-European “off-the-shelf” solutions which, according
to Moravcsik, are favoured by defence departments? Or does it
give impetus to a stronger preference for European as opposed to
domestic systems? In this article, procurement patterns in the
aftermath of cross-border defence industry consolidation will be
analysed. Procurement bias is assessed in two industry segments
characterised by pervasive consolidation.
TidsskriftDefense and Security Analysis
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)158-173
Antal sider17
StatusUdgivet - 2017

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