Private military and security companies play an increasingly visible role in conflict and postconflict situations. Properly regulated, they may offer efficient and responsive means for governments to deliver security in insecure environments. But well-publicized abuses suggest that an adequate regulatory framework is still urgently needed. In response, ""Beyond Market Forces"" articulates clear guidelines for the regulation of the global security industry. The result of a research project in which the authors surveyed and assessed models of state- and market-based regulation in 30 global industries, it not only has immediate relevance for policymakers and practitioners, but also makes a key contribution to scholarly debate on the subject. Articulates clear guidelines for the regulation of the global security industry.
James Cockayne is senior associate at the International Peace Institute.