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Security Entrepreneurs: Performing Protection in Post-Cold War Europe

ISBN : 9780198813064

Alexandra Gheciu
224 ページ
156 x 234 mm

Focusing on four East European polities -- Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania--this book examines the dynamics and implications of processes of commercialization of security that have occurred following the collapse of communist regimes. Security commercialization has involved both the transfer of functions traditionally associated with the state to private security corporations and the assertion of a powerful commercial logic in public institutions. These processes have been central to post-communist liberalization, and have profoundly shaped those states and their integration into European institutional structures and global economic and political circuits. They have also affected --and been shaped by-- the behaviour and power of regional and global actors (e.g. European institutions, regional and global corporations) in Eastern Europe. This book argues that security commercialization has led to the emergence of complex, hybrid networks of security providers that transcend domestic/


1 The Reconstitution of Security Provision after the Cold War
2 The State-Market-Crime Nexus in The Early Days of Post-Communism
3 Towards a New Political Economy of Security Provision: The Impact of Europeanization and Globalization
4 Contestation, Cooperation, and Competition in (Re)defining European Security
5 Between the Old and the New: Contemporary Dynamics of (In)Security in Eastern Europe
6 Normative Dilemmas and Challenges of Security Commercialization


Alexandra Gheciu is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and Associate Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa. Her publications include The Oxford Handbook of International Security (co-edited with William Wohlforth, OUP, forthcoming), The Return of the Public in Global Governance (co-edited with Jacqueline Best, Cambridge University Press, 2014), Securing Civilization? The EU, NATO and the OSCE in the Post-9/11 World (OUP, 2008), and NATO in the 'New Europe': The Politics of International Socialization After the Cold War (Stanford University Press, 2005).