The legitimacy of the military, private military and security companies, and just war theory

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Abstract

The legitimacy of the military is frequently overlooked in standard accounts of jus ad bellum. Accordingly, this paper considers how the military should be organized. 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 organizing 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 organizing the military. © The Author(s) 2011.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-154
Number of pages23
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Theory
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • All-volunteer force
  • Conscription
  • Just war theory
  • Legitimacy
  • Military
  • Private military and security companies

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