Private Security, Public Order: The Outsourcing of Public Services and Its Limits by Simon ChestermanPrivate Security, Public Order: The Outsourcing of Public Services and Its Limits by Simon Chesterman

Private Security, Public Order: The Outsourcing of Public Services and Its Limits

EditorSimon Chesterman, Angelina Fisher

Hardcover | December 5, 2009

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Private actors are increasingly taking on roles traditionally arrogated to the state. Both in the industrialized North and the developing South, functions essential to external and internal security and to the satisfaction of basic human needs are routinely contracted out to non-state agents.In the area of privatization of security functions, attention by academics and policy makers tends to focus on the activities of private military and security companies, especially in the context of armed conflicts, and their impact on human rights and post-conflict stability and reconstruction. Thefirst edited volume emerging from New York University School of Law's Institute for International Justice project on private military and security companies, From Mercenaries to Market: The Rise and Regulation of Private Military Companies broadened this debate to situate the private militaryphenomenon in the context of moves towards the regulation of activities through market and non-market mechanisms.Where that first volume looked at the emerging market for use of force, this second volume looks at the transformations in the nature of state authority. Drawing on insights from work on privatization, regulation, and accountability in the emerging field of global administrative law, the bookexamines private military and security companies through the wider lens of private actors performing public functions. In the past two decades, the responsibilities delegated to such actors - especially but not only in the United States - have grown exponentially. The central question of this volumeis whether there should be any limits on government capacity to outsource traditionally "public" functions. Can and should a government put out to private tender the fulfilment of military, intelligence, and prison services? Can and should it transfer control of utilities essential to life, such asthe supply of water? This discussion incorporates numerous perspectives on regulatory and governance issues in the private provision of public functions, but focuses primarily on private actors offering services that impact the fundamental rights of the affected population.
Simon Chesterman is Global Professor and Director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Programme, and an Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore. His books include You, The People: The United Nations, Transitional Administration, and State-Building (Oxford University Press, 2004) and Just War or...
Title:Private Security, Public Order: The Outsourcing of Public Services and Its LimitsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:December 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019957412X

ISBN - 13:9780199574124


Table of Contents

Simon Chesterman and Angelina Fisher: IntroductionPart I: Accountability gaps1. Michael Likosky: The privatization of violence2. Olivier De Schutter: The responsibility of states3. Angelina Fisher: Accountability to whom?Part II: Lessons from other sectors4. Daphne Barak-Erez: The privatization continuum5. Alfred C. Aman, Jr: Private prisons and the democratic deficit6. Mariana Mota Prado: Regulatory choices in the privatization of infrastructure7. Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt: Human rights and self-regulation in the apparel industryPart III: Limits8. Jacqueline Ross: Police informants9. Simon Chesterman: Intelligence services10. Chia Lehnardt: Peacekeeping11. Simon Chesterman and Angelina Fisher: Conclusion: Private security, public order