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Title: Private military services in the UK and Germany: Between partnership and regulation1
Authors: Krahmann, E
Keywords: Private military services;Public private partnerships;Governmental regulation
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: European Security, 14(2): 277 - 295, (2005)
Abstract: Controversial cases such as the aborted coup in Equatorial Guinea and the employment of private contractors in the Abu Ghraib prison have brought the proliferation of private ‘mercenaries’ to worldwide attention. However, the privatization of military security is more diverse and complex than generally suggested. Specifically, one needs to distinguish between the use of private mercenaries in developing countries and the privatization of military services in Europe. Focussing on the latter, this article proposes that the privatization of military services in industrialized countries can be understood in terms of a shift from ‘government’ to ‘governance’. As a consequence, the emergence of a private military industry in Europe is not only characterized by distinct forms of governance failure; European governments have also developed new modes of governance to control the industry. Using the United Kingdom and Germany as examples, this article examines two modes in particular: public private partnerships and governmental regulation.
ISSN: 1746-1545
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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