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MercenariesThe History of a Norm in International Relations$
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Sarah Percy

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214334

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214334.001.0001

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The Definition of a Mercenary and the Definition of the Proscriptive Norm

The Definition of a Mercenary and the Definition of the Proscriptive Norm

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(p.49) 2 The Definition of a Mercenary and the Definition of the Proscriptive Norm
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Mercenaries
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Sarah Percy (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214334.003.0003

This chapter defines the term ‘mercenary’ and identifies the problematic qualities which differentiate mercenaries from other types of fighters. It states that mercenaries do not fight for an appropriate cause and that they are not controlled by the state or another legitimate actor. It argues that these problematic qualities form the core of the proscriptive norm against mercenary use.

Keywords:   mercenary, private violence, norms, fighters, proscriptive norm

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