The Market for Force: The Consequences of Privatizing Security

The Market for Force: The Consequences of Privatizing Security

by Deborah D. Avant
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521850266

ISBN-13: 9780521850261

Pub. Date: 06/30/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The flourishing role of the private sector in security management over the last twenty years has challenged state control of the legitimate use of force. Deborah Avant examines the privatization of security and its impact on the control of force. She describes the growth of private security companies, explains how the industry works, and describes its range of

Overview

The flourishing role of the private sector in security management over the last twenty years has challenged state control of the legitimate use of force. Deborah Avant examines the privatization of security and its impact on the control of force. She describes the growth of private security companies, explains how the industry works, and describes its range of customers--including states, non-government organizations and commercial transnational corporations. Avant also charts the inevitable trade-offs that the market for force imposes on the states, firms and people wishing to control it, and suggests a new way to think about the control of force.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521850261
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2008
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Private security and the control of force; 3. State capacity and contracting for security; 4. Dilemmas in state regulation of private security exports; 5. Private financing for security and the control of force; 6. Market mechanisms and the diffusion of control over force; 7. Conclusion; Bibliography.

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