Since the end of the Cold War, new security threats, differences in the interests of states and increasing pressures from limited resources have favoured the increasing differentiation of security policy making and implementation. In the transatlantic community, these pressures have led to the reform, expansion and progressive division of security functions among NATO, the European Union and the OSCE. One aspect which has so far been underexamined, however, is the growing role of private actors in the provision of security. This research project analyses how private actors are involved in contemporary security policy making in North America and Europe. Specifically, it addresses three questions: (1) how does the privatisation of security governance change our understanding of security? (2) how does the growing role of private actors affect the making and implementation of security policies? (3) what problems are associated with the private provision of security? (4) how can these problems be successfully resolved? The implications of the answers to these questions for security policy making in the United States and Europe are wide ranging. In particular, they should help to identify ways in which the competing demands of growing global security commitments on one hand, and diminishing financial resources on the other hand can be reconciled without undermining the accountability and effectiveness of Western security policies.
|Effective start/end date||1/03/06 → 1/10/06|
- SPAIS Global Insecurities Centre
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