The private military industry and neoliberal imperialism: Mapping the terrain

  title={The private military industry and neoliberal imperialism: Mapping the terrain},
  author={Richard Godfrey and Joanna Brewis and John Grady and Chris Grocott},
  pages={106 - 125}
Despite the international reach, and increasing global importance, of the free market provision of military and security services—which we label the Private Security Industry (PSI)—management and organization studies has yet to pay significant attention to this industry. Taking up Grey’s (2009) call for scholarship at the boundaries between security studies and organization studies and building on Banerjee’s (2008) treatment of the PSI as a key element in necrocapitalism, in this article we aim… 

Trendlines: Privatization and the Future of War and Security

In this chapter, we will discuss three trendlines which echo and expand upon the studies presented in this volume. The first theme of “state and power” is grounded in the Weberian philosophy of the

‘Killing is our business and business is good’: The evolution of ‘war managerialism’ from body counts to counterinsurgency

Managerialism versus professionalism is a central axis of conflict across many occupations. ‘The profession of arms’ is no exception. This article explores the contested yet symbiotic relationship of

‘Never call me a mercenary’: Identity work, stigma management and the private security contractor

Organisation studies has paid little attention to the contemporary private security industry, despite its enormous recent growth as a supplement to or replacement for state military services in

The Recourse to Private Military and Security Companies by Foreign Investors in Conflict-Affected Countries: Dangers, Opportunities and the Need to Regulate

  • Lukas Vanhonnaeker
  • Political Science, Economics
    International Investment Law and the Law of Armed Conflict
  • 2019
Political and economic contexts characterized by armed conflicts are not conducive to economic growth and do not attract foreign investments. This reality is ultimately being detrimental to host

Surveillance of environmental movements in Canada: critical infrastructure protection and the petro-security apparatus

Abstract A convergence of post-9/11 security governance practices and a dependence on extractive economies has resulted in changes to the way Canadian policing agencies classify environmental

La construcción de las fronteras europeas como origen de la criminalización de las migraciones en Europa: retóricas de securitización y humanitarismo

This article provides a brief historical overview of the construction of Europe's external borders since the Schengen Agreement (1985). The progressive disappearance of the internal borders generates

Thinking with the Intimacy Contract: Social Contract Critique and the Privatization of US Empire

This essay considers how an “intimacy contract,” as a conceptual tool and a political reality, extends existing critiques of the social contract tradition by accounting for the privatized nature of

Negotiating the Professional in Media Representation: The Carnivalesque and Privatized Security Work

Security work is increasingly privatized under neoliberal governance, a trend that is not without controversy over legitimacy and ethics. Public interaction with and understanding of private security

La posición geopolítica marroquí como frontera vertical de la Unión Europea

The XXI century has been witnessing an unprecedented border closure to the free movement of persons, rather than that of products, goods or capital. This has been promoted by northern countries in

‘Management is the gate’ – but to where? Rethinking Robert McNamara’s ‘career lessons’

Abstract Career narratives could make a potentially valuable contribution to an ‘historic turn’ in management and organization studies. This paper provides an historical narrative on the career of



Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry

  • A. Dorman
  • Political Science
    Perspectives on Politics
  • 2004
Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry. By P. W. Singer. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003. 368p. $39.95. Peter Singer has produced a highly commendable volume for

Empires of Profit: Commerce, Conquest and Corporate Responsibility

Daniel Litvin traces the clashes of culture and unexpected social problems encountered by a series of powerful companies past and present. Beginning with the English East India Company and Cecil

The Power to Construct International Security: On the Significance of Private Military Companies

This article suggests that the full significance of PMCs for international security is often missed because the concept of power framing these discussions is inadequate. The power to shape shared

The Privatization of Security and Change in the Control of Force

Perhaps the most dramatic incursion of the private sector into public policy is in the realm of security. Though the legitimate use of force is presumed to be the realm of the state, during the 1990s

War, Incorporated: Private, Unaccountable and Profitable

War is being privatized at an accelerating rate. While it was initially argued that privatization would lead to cost savings, given the exorbitant salaries paid to private military contractors

The New Condottieri and US Policy: The Privatization of Conflict and Its Implications

  • E. Smith
  • Political Science
    The US Army War College Quarterly: Parameters
  • 2002
"The mercenaries and auxiliaries are useless and dangerous, and if anyone supports his state by the arms of mercenaries, he will never stand firm or sure, as they are disunited, ambitious, without

The New Imperialism

People around the world are confused and concerned. Is it a sign of strength or of weakness that the US has suddenly shifted from a politics of consensus to one of coercion on the world stage? What

Subcontracting military power: The privatisation of security in contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa

This article seeks to establish a clear differencebetween the classical view of mercenaries as hiredguns and the more recent, business oriented,phenomenon of private security companies.

Private military force and challenges for the future

The article calls for greater clarity and analytical rigour in the debate over the role of private military actors in international affairs. It argues that the blanket term ‘mercenary’ is

Beyond Civil—Military Relations: Reflections on Civilian Control of a Private, Multinational Workforce

This article applies the problem of civilian control over the military to the realm of private military contractors. The author argues that military outsourcing strips the principal —agent