The politics of private security: regulation, reform and relegitimation

The Politics of Private Security is the first in-depth conceptual and empirical analysis of the political issues, processes and themes associated with private security provision. It not only offers a new narrative about the rise of private security in the postwar era, but also facilitates the development of a much more sophisticated social-scientific understanding of this significant trend. Drawing upon a wealth of historical and contemporary data, it advances original answers to the following key questions. How have private security companies become so prominent? What motivates them? What is their relationship with the state? How can they be controlled? And what does their increasingly ubiquitous presence in twenty-first century society tell us about the future of security provision?

Book contents:

  1. Introduction

  2. Structure, Agency and Security

  3. Emerging Agendas (1945-59)

  4. The Regulation Debate (1960-9)

  5. Parliamentary Pressure (1969-79)

  6. The Neoliberal Experiments (1979-96)

  7. New Labour, New Legitimacy (1997-2001)

  8. The Era of Regulation (2001-10)

  9. Towards a New Social-Scientific Understanding