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Private Security, Public Order: The Outsourcing of Public Services and Its Limits

Simon Chesterman and Angelina Fisher


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 ... More

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

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199574124
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574124.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Chesterman, editor
Global Professor and Director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Programme, and an Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore
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Angelina Fisher, editor
Institute Fellow and Programme Director of the Institute for International Law and Justice at New York University School of Law

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Simon Chesterman, and Angelina Fisher

Part I Accountablity Gaps

2 The responsibility of states

Olivier De Schutter

3 Accountability to whom?

Angelina Fisher

Part II Lessons from other sectors

4 The privatization continuum

Daphne Barak-Erez

Part III Limits

8 Police informants

Jacqueline Ross

9 Intelligence services

Simon Chesterman

10 Peacekeeping

Chia Lehnardt

11 Conclusion: Private security, public order

Simon Chesterman, and Angelina Fisher

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