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The Morality of Private WarThe Challenge of Private Military and Security Companies$
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James Pattison

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199639700

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639700.001.0001

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Private Military Force, Insecurity, and Instability

Private Military Force, Insecurity, and Instability

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The Morality of Private War

James Pattison

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers two further negative externalities of the use of PMSCs at the international level. First, it argues that there are several problems with treating security as a commodity to be traded on the market. In doing so, it outlines and defends the ‘Insecurity Argument’, which claims that the use of PMSCs leads to inadequate access to security provision. Second, it presents the ‘Instability Argument’. This claims that the market for force has additional negative effects for international stability that are not covered by the previous arguments. Third, the chapter considers—and rejects—the claim that the market for force has some positive externalities for international stability that counteract these negative externalities.

Keywords:   commoditization, insecurity, instability, international system, market for force, negative externalities, positive externalities, security, underprovision, war

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