States, Citizens and the Privatisation of Security

States, Citizens and the Privatisation of Security

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Elke Krahmann
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 2/4/2010
EAN 9780521125192, ISBN10: 0521125197

Paperback, 318 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

Recent years have seen a growing role for private military contractors in national and international security. To understand the reasons for this, Elke Krahmann examines changing models of the state, the citizen and the soldier in the UK, the US and Germany. She focuses on both the national differences with regard to the outsourcing of military services to private companies and their specific consequences for the democratic control over the legitimate use of armed force. Tracing developments and debates from the late eighteenth century to the present, she explains the transition from the centralized warfare state of the Cold War era to the privatized and fragmented security governance, and the different national attitudes to the privatization of force.

Lists of figures and tables
1. Introduction
2. The state monopoly on violence and the democratic control over military force
3. The transformation of the state and the soldier
4. United Kingdom
private financing and the management of security
5. United States
shrinking the state, outsourcing the soldier
6. Germany
between public-private partnerships and conscription
7. Iraq and beyond
contractors in deployed operations
8. The future of democratic security
contractorization or cosmopolitanism?
9. Conclusion
Selected bibliography