Introduction

Authored by: Joakim Berndtsson , Christopher Kinsey

The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing in the Twenty-first Century

Print publication date:  June  2016
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472426833
eBook ISBN: 9781315613376
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042228

10.4324/9781315613376.CT-bp-1

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Abstract

This Companion aims to provide a broad overview of, and introduction to, an evolving field of research that can generally be described as dealing with different forms of private or commercial forms of security provision. As many previous studies have observed, private security companies 1 (PSCs) and contractors have become increasingly visible and important actors in the post-Cold War period, not least in the context of armed conflict or in post-conflict settings. This privatisation or commercialisation of security impacts on the nature of armed conflict, as well as on the ways in which military operations are carried out and supported. In addition, it increases the number of actors and interests involved in shaping the politics of security more broadly, as well as the identification and understanding of threats, and it transforms behaviour, responsibility, control and authority within and between states and organisations. Theoretically and empirically, this development compels researchers to move beyond established ideas about the role and function of the nation state in relation to issues of war and security.

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