Armies Without States: The Privatization of Security / Edition 1

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"What does the increasing use of private security forces mean for governments? For individuals? Armies Without States offers a comprehensive analysis of the varieties, causes, and consequences of this growing phenomenon." Ranging from the international to the subnational level and from the use of mercenaries by private parties to the government outsourcing of military operations, Mandel reveals emerging trends and discovers parallels among security privatization situations in all parts of the world. Brief case studies illustrate the broader themes discussed. The book concludes with an assessment of the complexities surrounding responses to security privatization - and an exploration of when, and whether, it should be promoted rather than prevented.
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Foreign Affairs
This short, dense work by a professor of international relations is a serious meditation on an important subject: the migration of important security functions from the state to private organizations. That is not the way it was supposed to be done under the Westphalian system of state organization, although scholars of early-modern Europe should be interested to know that their political science colleagues are surprised to learn that it is happening. More interested in categorization and conceptualization than in narrative, this book is nonetheless a useful look at a subject likely to grow in importance — if only because, as the author argues, many countries will not have much of a choice.
Defining "security" as military forces or other users of coercive violence, Mandel (international affairs, Lewis and Clark College), argues that the increasing proliferation of mercenaries, militias, paramilitaries, and other privatized security forces is not a minor side-element of global affairs, but rather a center-stage phenomena with major spillover effects. The dissolution of the state's monopoly on violence is explored in eight case studies and projected consequences are analyzed. Decreased access to equal protection, the loss of democratic control over military forces, increased reliance on violence to resolve conflict, and the corruption of coercive authority are seen as just some of the dangers inherent in security privatization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588260666
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Lexile: 1810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Introduction 1
1 Recent bands in Private Security 7
2 Private Security and the State System 29
3 Sources of the Privatization Trend 55
4 The Impact and Projected Consequences of Privatization 73
5 Private Security Services: A Taxonomy 93
6 International and Domestic Security: Case Studies 109
7 Complexities Surrounding Privatization 127
8 Possible Policy Alternatives 141
Selected Bibliography 165
Index 167
About the Book 169
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