Piracy and the Privatisation of Maritime Security

Vessel Protection Policies Compared

Authors: Cusumano, Eugenio, Ruzza, Stefano

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  • Conceptualizes the extensive use of PMSCs onboard ships as a form of institutional isomorphism
  • Combines functionalist, ideational, political, and organizational arguments
  • Presents a synthetic explanation of the commercialization of vessel protection
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In response to pirate attacks in the Western Indian Ocean, countries worldwide have increasingly authorized the deployment of armed guards from private military and security companies (PMSCs) on merchant ships. This widespread trend contradicts states’ commitment to retain a monopoly on violence and discourage the presence of arms on civilian vessels. This book conceptualizes the extensive use of PMSCs as a form of institutional isomorphism, combining the functionalist, ideational, political and organizational arguments used to account for the privatization of security on land into a synthetic explanation of the commercialization of vessel protection.

About the authors

Eugenio Cusumano is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He wrote extensively on non-state actors’ involvement in crisis management on journals like Security Dialogue and the Journal of Strategic Studies and edited volumes published by Palgrave, Oxford and Stanford University Press.

Stefano Ruzza is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Turin, Italy. He is also a Head of Program at T.wai - Torino World Affairs Institute, lectures in Italian Army advanced educational programmes, and is responsible for the Italian translation of the SIPRI Yearbook Summary.

Reviews

“An essential reading for anyone interested in the rise of private security at sea and the regulatory challenges arising.”

Christian Bueger, professor of International Relations, Copenhagen University

“This careful comparative analysis is a timely reminder that authority over the use of force is now located within commercial networks, inviting us to engage with the consequences.”

Anna Leander, professor of International Relations, Graduate Institute Geneva

“Extensive research and incisive analysis give the book authenticity and credibility, adding an invaluable contribution to fighting piracy and maritime security debates.”

Peter Cook, founder of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI)​

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Piracy and the Privatisation of Maritime Security
Book Subtitle
Vessel Protection Policies Compared
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-50156-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-50156-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-50155-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 286
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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