(Self) Regulating war? Voluntary regulation and the private security industry

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

21 Scopus citations


Private security companies' growing participation in U.S. and international military missions has raised concern about whether the private security industry is subject to sufficient controls. Industry self-regulation is often proposed as part of a multilayered framework of regulations to govern PSCs. But what can self-regulation contribute to regulation of the private security industry? This matters because privatization in the security realm has moved beyond understandings of the proper breakdown of public and private functions concerning the use of force. This article assesses what self-regulation can contribute to the control of this industry and whether the private security industry lends itself to effective self-regulation. It concludes that the private security industry does not exhibit the capacity to adopt and implement effective self-regulation on its own. If self-regulation is to complement state and international regulation, participation in the design and oversight of self-regulation must be broadened beyond private security companies alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-516
Number of pages38
JournalSecurity Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


Dive into the research topics of '(Self) Regulating war? Voluntary regulation and the private security industry'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this