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Outsourcing War: The Just War Tradition in the Age of Military Privatization

Amy E. Eckert


Recent decades have seen an increasing reliance on private military contractors (PMCs) to provide logistical services, training, maintenance, and combat troops. This book examines the ethical implications involved in the widespread use of PMCs, and in particular questions whether they can fit within customary ways of understanding the ethical prosecution of warfare. The book's concern is with the ius in bello (right conduct in war) strand of just war theory. Just war theorizing is generally built on the assumption that states, and states alone, wield a monopoly on the legitimate use of force. ... More

Keywords: private military contractors, logistical services, training, maintenance, combat troops, warfare, just war theory, armed conflict, PMCs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801454202
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801454202.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy E. Eckert, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Metropolitan State University of Denver