Wednesday, 30 June 2021

New publication \ Global Militarisation Index: Presentation, Codebook and reflexion

Since 2003 and retrospectively up to 1990, BICC has been measuring militarisation worldwide with the Global Militarisation Index (GMI). In BICC Working Paper 3\2021 the authors Markus Bayer, Rolf Alberth, Stella Hauk and Max Mutschler present the Codebook which underpins the GMI.

BICC GMI-Map: Military Personnel Index

Measuring militarisation is complex. The GMI’s approach is resource-based and measures the level of militarisation of a society by its allocation of resources by the state to the military in relation with other areas of society. By measuring the level of militarisation and the resulting time series annually, processes of militarisation or demilitarisation of societies and regions can be mapped.   

In this Working Paper, for the first time, the authors do not only present the Codebook which underpins the GMI. They also discuss the current methodology and possible additions in view of the changing framework conditions and new data sources. In particular, they discuss the inclusion of novel weapons systems but also the vision of a multi-dimensional concept of militarisation.