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Security EntrepreneursPerforming Protection in Post-Cold War Europe$
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Alexandra Gheciu

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198813064

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198813064.001.0001

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The State–Market–Crime Nexus in the Early Days of Post-Communism

The State–Market–Crime Nexus in the Early Days of Post-Communism

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(p.30) 2 The State–Market–Crime Nexus in the Early Days of Post-Communism
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Security Entrepreneurs
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Alexandra Gheciu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813064.003.0002

To understand contemporary practices of security provision in the former Eastern bloc, we need to start with a genealogical analysis, exploring the reconstitution of East European polities in the early days of post-communism, and analyzing the impact of those transformations on the field of security. In particular, we need to understand the peculiar dynamics and consequences of the flawed privatization processes that occurred in Eastern Europe in the 1990s. Those dynamics are the subject of Chapter 2, which sheds light on a phenomenon that can be explained through the prism of Max Weber’s concepts of political capitalism and de-bureaucratization of the state. Those phenomena had a profound influence on processes of security commercialization in the early days of post-communism, and continue to shape the ways in which security is performed in the four countries analyzed in this book.

Keywords:   security commercialization, security entrepreneurs, political capitalism, de-bureaucratization, performing security

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