This short, dense work by a professor of international relations is a serious meditation on an important subject: the migration of important security functions from the state to private organizations. That is not the way it was supposed to be done under the Westphalian system of state organization, although scholars of early-modern Europe should be interested to know that their political science colleagues are surprised to learn that it is happening. More interested in categorization and conceptualization than in narrative, this book is nonetheless a useful look at a subject likely to grow in importance -- if only because, as the author argues, many countries will not have much of a choice.
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