Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Privatized Foreign Affairs

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Overview

Over the past decade, states and international organizations have shifted a surprising range of foreign policy functions to private contractors. But who is accountable when the employees of foreign private firms do violence or create harm? This timely book describes the services that are now delivered by private contractors and the threat this trend poses to core public values of human rights, democratic accountability, and transparency. The author offers a series of concrete reforms that are necessary to expand traditional legal accountability, construct better mechanisms of public participation, and alter the organizational structure and institutional culture of contractor firms. The result is a pragmatic, nuanced, and comprehensive set of responses to the problem of foreign affairs privatization.

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Editorial Reviews

Steven L. Schooner

"The government’s genie—the outsourcing of military support, diplomatic security, foreign aid, information technology, and, well, governance—won’t return to the bottle. Dickinson’s vision of a modern, privatized government, that not only promotes critical public values, but also expends resources efficiently and responsibly, is as thought-provoking as it is refreshing."—Steven L. Schooner, George Washington University
Chicago-Kent College of Law - Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

Winner of the 2011 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, as given by the Chicago-Kent College of Law
Choice - R.A. Strong

"Dickinson does a superb job of summarizing the issues connected with using private corporations to perform public functions overseas. . . . Written in a style accessible to all interested readers, Outsourcing War and Peace is a model of how lessons from the practice of law can inform and improve the conduct of foreign affairs. Highly recommended."—R.A. Strong, Choice
Choice - Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 in the U.S. Politics category.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300144864
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,063,941
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Laura A. Dickinson is the Foundation Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University.
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