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Market for Force The Consequences of Privatizing Security

ISBN-10: 0521850266

ISBN-13: 9780521850261

Edition: 2005

Authors: Deborah D. Avant

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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.
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Book details

List price: $113.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/4/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

List of figure and tables
List of acronyms
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Private security and the control of force: the question
Private security and the control of force: the answer
A transnational market for military and security services
Mercenaries, privatization, and other slippery terms
The current market compared
Why the current market?
Plan of the book
Private security and the control of force
Clarifying the control of force
How should privatization affect the control of force?
State contracts for private force
State regulation of private security
Non-state financing and the control of force
Methods and claims
State capacity and contracting for security
Sierra Leone's contracts for military services
Croatia's contracts for military services
US contracts for military services
Comparisons
Dilemmas in state regulation of private security exports
The United States
South Africa
The United Kingdom
Transnational markets and political trade-offs
Private financing for security and the control of force
Transnational corporate financing and the control of force
Humanitarian relief in war zones
Conserving nature in the state of nature
Comparisons
Market mechanisms and the diffusion of control over force
Market mechanisms
Diffusion of control
Institutional innovations
Competing mechanisms, conflict, and change in history
Discussion
Conclusion
Institutional mechanisms and political processes
Globalization, the state, and the sovereign system
Bibliography