Regulating the Global Security Industry: A Liberal Normative Perspective
As the global security industry is expanding both in terms of the geographical scope in which it operates and the types of clients it serves, commercially provided security on a global market for force has become an essential part of a global security complex. With an ever-growing number of individuals globally exposed to commercially provided security, concerns have been raised about the inconsistent regulation of this global security industry. At its core, this article advances a normative argument based on liberal theory of how to best regulate commercially provided security as a private, public, or global good. By extending the classification of security beyond the public-private dichotomy so as to include the global transnational sphere in which most private military and security companies (PMSCs) operate, this article argues that adequate regulation ought to revolve around a global supranational enforcement body. The reason is that as PMSCs increasingly affect communities and individuals beyond a mere private or public sphere, a regulatory regime simply constructed around the state as the public monopolist on force would not be able to adequately protect individuals in the global sphere from potential PMSC misconduct. Instead, a global supranational enforcement body able to safeguard the natural rights of individuals impartially and universally ought to regulate security as a global good.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 February 2014
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