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The Morality of Private War

Grant reference: RES-000-22-4042

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The legitimacy of the military, private military and security companies, and just war theory
The legitimacy of the military is frequently overlooked in standard accounts of jus ad bellum. Accordingly, this paper considers how the military should be organised. It proposes a normative conception of legitimacy—the ‗Moderate Instrumentalist Approach‘—that outlines the qualities that a military should possess. It then assesses the three leading ways of organising the military according to this approach: the use of private military and security companies (PMSCs), a conscripted force, and the all-volunteer force (AVF). The paper argues that the AVF, despite some notable problems, is the most legitimate way of organising the military.
English

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Author James Pattison

Additional details

16 March 2011
International Studies Association (ISA) annual convention : global governance : political authority in transition
Montreal, QC
52nd
16 March 2011

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Harvard

Pattison, James The legitimacy of the military, private military and security companies, and just war theory. International Studies Association (ISA) annual convention : global governance : political authority in transition, 52nd, Montreal, QC, 2011.

Vancouver

Pattison James. The legitimacy of the military, private military and security companies, and just war theory. International Studies Association (ISA) annual convention : global governance : political authority in transition, 52nd, Montreal, QC, 2011.