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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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New Model Mercenaries: PMCs, PSCs, and the Anti-Mercenary Norm

New Model Mercenaries: PMCs, PSCs, and the Anti-Mercenary Norm

(p.206) 7 New Model Mercenaries: PMCs, PSCs, and the Anti-Mercenary Norm

Sarah Percy (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter demonstrates the continued influence of the norm against mercenary use by examining the development of PMCs and PSCs starting in the mid-1990s. It argues that the shift away from the provision of combat services can only be explained by the anti-mercenary norm. It then traces the continued relevance of the anti-mercenary norm to the private security industry, looking at state control and regulation and the persistence of the cause aspect of the norm. The final section considers the future of the norm against mercenaries.

Keywords:   anti-mercenary norm, PMC, PSC, private force

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