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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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Between the Old and the New

Between the Old and the New

Contemporary Dynamics of (In)Security in Eastern Europe

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Security Entrepreneurs

Alexandra Gheciu

Oxford University Press

Building upon the analysis of international developments in Chapter 4, Chapter 5 returns to recent developments in the national arenas of Bulgaria, Bosnia, Romania, and Serbia. The chapter examines the fluidity and complexity of the practices of performing security that have resulted from the insertion of those polities into the European field of security in combination with the persistence of some old actors, attitudes, and non-material resources. By examining how security is performed in the context of the intersection of European and global factors and actors with national players and local dynamics, the chapter seeks to give readers a better sense of what “glocalization” actually looks like in specific settings. The chapter shows that, in parallel to EU-level dynamics, in each of the four polities examined in the book PSCs cooperate with state officials, but also engage in practices of contestation over the “rules of the game” of security provision.

Keywords:   performing security, security entrepreneurs, glocalization, European security, private security companies

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