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The Impact of Private Actors on Security Governance

An Analysis based on German ISR Capabilities for ISAF

Westermeyer, Gloria

2013, XXI, 202 p. 9 illus., 4 illus. in color.

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With the ever farther advancement of globalization, governance has become one of the most prominent theoretical concepts to describe today’s world. Governance theory is concerned with a system of rule through non-hierarchical governing modes, such as networks and market mechanisms. Initially the field of security was ignored, as it was seen as the last bastion of the nation state. When the concept of security governance emerged at the beginning of the millennium, it sought to take account of transnational threats, such as nuclear proliferation or cluster bombs. However, the traditional security domain of the state, i.e. the provision of security by military force, is still exempt from governance theory. Provoked by the increasing support of private actors to military operations, Gloria Westermeyer aims to investigate whether this exemption is still valid. Based on the conduct of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance services in the German ISAF Mission, the author examines the impact of private actors on the governance of today's military affairs. What is the relative power of private security actors vis-à-vis the state? Which factors determine if, to what extent and why private actors support the military? Under what circumstances and how may security functions be privatized without undermining the state's interest?


·        Theoretical Foundation: Governance Theory

·        Conceptual Foundation: Security Privatization

·        Methodological Foundation: Case Study Approach

·        Case Study: ISR Services of the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan


Target Groups

·        Researchers and students in the field of political science

·        Practitioners in the field of security and defense


The Author

Dr. Gloria Westermeyer is responsible for the strategic assessment of Mergers and Acquisitions for Cassidian, the Defense and Security Division of EADS.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Afghanistan - Bundeswehr - Governance - Outsourcing - Security Privatization

Related subjects » Internationale Beziehungen

Table of contents 

Governance Theory.- Security Privatization.- German Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities for ISAF. ​

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