Political economy of military base closure
Suttie, Richard D.
Ohanian, Arthur J.
Carrick, Paul M.
Doyle, Richard B.
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This study investigates the political economy of military base closure: the federal and local public policy process and how it impacts the economic efficiency of public resource allocation. It describes and analyzes the socio-economic factors affecting the communities surrounding military bases targeted for closure. It does not discuss or analyze the base closure decision making process and which base should remain open or close. A primary case study was used for research: George Air Force Base, Victorville, California which has been undergoing the actual closure process for approximately two years. This thesis draws on historical studies by the government and private individuals which conclude that military base closures most often result in positive socio-economic effects on local communities. Since no base has been closed in the United States in eleven years, our case study analyzes the efficacy of these historical reports and provides conclusions that suggest the closure of a military base and its transition into the private sector may provide strong stimulation to most local economies.
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