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The Morality of Private War
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The Morality of Private War: The Challenge of Private Military and Security Companies

James Pattison

Abstract

The increased use of private military and security companies (PMSCs) is often said to be one of the most significant changes to the military in recent times. The Morality of Private War: The Challenge of Private Military and Security Companies provides a detailed assessment of the moral arguments for and against the use of PMSCs. In doing so, it considers objections to private force at the employee, employer, and international levels. For instance, does the potential for private contractors to possess mercenary motives affect whether they can use military force? Does a state abdicate an essent ... More

Keywords: all-volunteer force, conscription, ethics, Just War Theory, mercenaries, morality, private, private military and security companies, regulation, security

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199639700
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639700.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Pattison, author
Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester