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Searching for Legitimacy - Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) Overcoming Ingrained Stereotypes

NCJ Number
Security Journal Volume: 26 Issue: 3 Dated: July 2013 Pages: 280-293
Kathrin Herbst
Date Published
July 2013
14 pages
This article discusses the privatization of security and the re-emergence of Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs).
The transfer of power in the area of security provision from government to private companies raises the question of the right to exercise this power, as well as the legitimacy of Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs). Existing research has examined the different forms of power PMSCs inherit. This article explores various forms of legitimacy that can be attributed to PMSCs. It argues that because of the possession of different forms of power, a more sophisticated overarching approach towards understanding the multiple sources of legitimacy is necessary when addressing the privatization of security and the existence of PMSCs. The article then applies some of those different thoughts on legitimacy to the debate concerning PMSCs. (Published Abstract)