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Security Beyond the State: Private Security Companies and Security Networks in Global Governance

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This paper examines the emergence of a private security industry and its impact on global governance. While considerable attention has been paid to private military companies, the private security sector and the transnational companies that dominate it has been subject to little analysis. This paper provides an overview of the global private security sector, and argues that it is part of shifting global/local security networks. These networks are particularly important in the developing world, where they are linked to international institutions and capital, as well as national state actors. The argument is illustrated through an analysis of private security networks in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, where transnational private security plays important roles in security provision, state authority and political order.

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Abrahamsen, Rita. and Williams, Michael. "Security Beyond the State: Private Security Companies and Security Networks in Global Governance" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA, Mar 22, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p98829_index.html>

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Abrahamsen, R. and Williams, M. C. , 2006-03-22 "Security Beyond the State: Private Security Companies and Security Networks in Global Governance" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA Online <PDF>. 2013-12-17 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p98829_index.html

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Abstract: This paper examines the emergence of a private security industry and its impact on global governance. While considerable attention has been paid to private military companies, the private security sector and the transnational companies that dominate it has been subject to little analysis. This paper provides an overview of the global private security sector, and argues that it is part of shifting global/local security networks. These networks are particularly important in the developing world, where they are linked to international institutions and capital, as well as national state actors. The argument is illustrated through an analysis of private security networks in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, where transnational private security plays important roles in security provision, state authority and political order.

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SECURITY BEYOND THE STATE PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANIES AND SECURITY NETWORKS IN GLOBAL GOVERNANCE Paper prepared for the Annual Meetings of the International Studies Association San Diego USA March 22-25 2006 DRAFT- PLEASE DO NOT CITE WITHOUT AUTHORS’ PERMISSION COMMENTS WELCOME Rita Abrahamsen and Michael C. Williams Department of International Politics University of Wales Aberystwyth rra@aber.ac.uk mjw@aber.ac.uk Introduction The privatization of security has attracted considerable attention in recent years but amidst all the discussion of mercenaries and private military companies
vital oil fields’ 85 June pp.8-9. Singer Peter. 2003. Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military. Spicer Tim Lt.Col. (1998) ‘Interview with Lt. Col. Tim Spicer’ Cambridge Review of International Affairs 13 1: 165-173. Taylor Ian and Bridget Mutheun 2002. ‘Return of the dogs of war’. In Rodney Bruce Hall and Thomas Bierstecker (eds.) The Emergence of Private Authority in Global Governance (Cambridge; Cambridge University Press. Vines A. “Mercenaries and the Privatization of Security in Africa in the


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