Outsourcing War and Peace - Dickinson, Laura A. - Yale University Press


Outsourcing War and Peace

Preserving Public Values in a World of Privatized Foreign Affairs

  • Laura A. Dickinson
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Winner of the 2011 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, as given by the Chicago-Kent College of Law

Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 in the U.S. Politics category.

Over the past decade, states and international organizations have shifted a surprising range of foreign policy functions to private contractors. But who is accountable when the employees of foreign private firms do violence or create harm? This timely book describes the services that are now delivered by private contractors and the threat this trend poses to core public values of human rights, democratic accountability, and transparency. The author offers a series of concrete reforms that are necessary to expand traditional legal accountability, construct better mechanisms of public participation, and alter the organizational structure and institutional culture of contractor firms. The result is a pragmatic, nuanced, and comprehensive set of responses to the problem of foreign affairs privatization.

Laura A. Dickinson is the Foundation Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University.