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Private Security, Public Order

Edited by Simon Chesterman and Angelina Fisher

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199574124
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191721816 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574124.001.0001
Private Security, Public Order

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Private actors are increasingly taking on roles traditionally arrogated to the state. Functions essential to external and internal security and to the satisfaction of basic human needs are routinely contracted out to non-state agents. In the area of privatization of security functions, attention by academics and policy makers tends to focus on the activities of private military and security companies, especially in the context of armed conflicts, and their impact on human rights and post-conflict stability and reconstruction. The first edited volume emerging from New York University School of Law's Institute for International Justice project on private military and security companies, From Mercenaries to Market: The Rise and Regulation of Private Military Companies, looked at the emerging market for force, whereas this second volume looks at the transformations in the nature of state authority. Drawing on insights from work on privatization, regulation, and accountability in the emerging field of global administrative law, this book examines private military and security companies through the wider lens of private actors performing public functions. The central question of this volume is whether there should be any limits on government capacity to outsource traditionally ‘public’ functions. Can and should a government put out to private tender the fulfilment of military, intelligence, and prison services? Can and should it transfer control of utilities essential to life, such as the supply of water? Discussion incorporates numerous perspectives on regulatory and governance issues in the private provision of public functions, but focuses primarily on private actors offering services that impact the fundamental rights of the affected population.

Keywords: privatization; outsourcing; private military and security companies; PMSCs; mercenaries; governance; accountability; public functions; limits on privatization

Book.  262 pages. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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Introduction in Private Security, Public Order

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The privatization of violence in Private Security, Public Order

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The responsibility of states in Private Security, Public Order

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Accountability to whom? in Private Security, Public Order

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The privatization continuum in Private Security, Public Order

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Private prisons and the democratic deficit in Private Security, Public Order

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Police informants in Private Security, Public Order

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