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Title: Security governance and the private military industry in Europe and North America
Authors: Krahmann, E
Keywords: Security governance;Private military industry;Proliferation of private security firms
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Conflict, Security & Development, 5(2): 247-268, (2005)
Abstract: Even before Iraq the growing use of private military contractors has been widely discussed in the academic and public literature. However, the reasons for this proliferation of private military companies and its implications are frequently generalized due to a lack of suitable theoretical approaches for the analysis of private means of violence in contemporary security. As a consequence, this article contends, the analysis of the growth of the private military industry typically conflates two separate developments: the failure of some developing states to provide for their national security and the privatisation of military services in industrialized nations in Europe and North America. This article focuses on the latter and argues that the concept of security governance can be used as a theoretical framework for understanding the distinct development, problems and solutions for the governance of the private military industry in developed countries.
ISSN: 1467-8802
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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