This book examines the political consequences of European security commercialisation through increased reliance on private military and security companies (PMSCs).
The role of commercial security in the domestic setting in Europe is widely acknowledged; after all, the biggest private security company globally – G4S Group – has its roots in Scandinavia. However, the use of commercial security contracting by European states for military purposes in international settings is mostly held to be marginal.
This book examines the implications of commercialisation for the peace and reconciliations strategies of European states, focussing specifically on European contracting in Afghanistan. Drawing upon examples from Scandinavia, Central Europe and Continental Europe, each chapter considers three key factors:
This book will be of much interest to students of critical security studies, global governance, peace and conflict studies, European politics, and IR in general.
1. Introduction 2. Norway: Keeping Up Appearances, Åse Gilje Østensen 3. Denmark: How not if to Outsource Military Services, Thomas Mandrup 4. Sweden: Public Servants from the Private Sector, Joakim Berndtsson and Maria Stern 5.Poland: Indirect and Ad Hoc, Marcin Terlikowski, Marek Madej and Beata Górka-Winter 6.Hungary: From Outsourcing to Insourcing, Krisztian Varga 7. Romania: The High and Low Politics of Commercialization, Liliana Pop 8. France: Making Both Ends Meet?, Christian Olsson 9.Germany: Civilian Power Revisited, Elke Krahmann 10. Italy: Keeping or Selling Stocks?, Stefano Ruzza 11. Conclusions
The aim of this book series is to gather state-of-the-art theoretical reflection and empirical research into a core set of volumes that respond vigorously and dynamically to new challenges to security studies scholarship. This series is now being published under the title Routledge New Security Studies.