The Market for Force: The Consequences of Privatizing Security

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 25, 2005 - Business & Economics - 310 pages
The legitimate use of force is generally presumed to be the realm of the state. However, the flourishing role of the private sector in security over the last twenty years has questioned this. In this book 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. She 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.
 

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Contents

2 Private security and the control of force
40
3 State capacity and contracting for security
81
4 Dilemmas in state regulation of private security exports
143
5 Private financing for security and the control of force
178
6 Market mechanisms and diffusion of control over force
219
7 Conclusion
253
Bibliography
265
Index
302
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Deborah D. Avant is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Global and International Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She is the author of Political Institutions and Military Change: Lessons From Peripheral Wars (1994) and of numerous articles.

Deborah D. Avant is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Global and International Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She is the author of Political Institutions and Military Change: Lessons From Peripheral Wars (1994) and of numerous articles.