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From Mercenaries to MarketThe Rise and Regulation of Private Military Companies$
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Simon Chesterman and Chia Lehnardt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228485.001.0001

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Regulating the role of private military companies in shaping security and politics

Regulating the role of private military companies in shaping security and politics

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(p.49) 3 Regulating the role of private military companies in shaping security and politics
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From Mercenaries to Market
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Anna Leander

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228485.003.0004

This chapter argues that given the way PMCs shape security concerns and more generally political priorities, civil-military relations as a regulatory concern has been strangely ignored in the debate on regulation. It suggests that preoccupation with security professionals' role in shaping politics is as important when these professionals are privately organized in PMCs as it is when they are enrolled in public armed forces. It shows that existing regulation has not been adjusted to account for this fact and that the significance of regulating the role of PMCs in shaping politics is profoundly underestimated. The chapter therefore argues that putting the issue of regulating ‘civil-PMC relations’ on the agenda is essential.

Keywords:   civil-military relations, civil-PMC relations, politics, PMC, private military company, regulation

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