Global non-state auspices of security governance

Authored by: Julie Berg , Sophie Nakueira , Clifford Shearing

The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415781787
eBook ISBN: 9780203837146
Adobe ISBN: 9781136868504


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A major question that has occupied scholars who have considered the development of non-state governing entities has been their sources of authority and how these have been constituted. The principal argument that has been put forward is that their authority, to the extent that they have legitimate authority and are not acting illegitimately, is a delegated authority that is granted to them by nation-states. For example, within the sphere of security governance, private sector providers of policing services derive whatever authority they have from state law – primarily property law and contract law.

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