Managing operating standards in post-conflict security environments: comparing regulations with reality

Hill, Steven Anthony (2015) Managing operating standards in post-conflict security environments: comparing regulations with reality. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation is focused on the evaluation of the key strengths and weaknesses of the international regulations and local policies of private security service providers in post-conflict and hostile environments in relation to their operating standards. Primary data is gathered from 34 private sector providers and processed using both graphical and content analysis methods. It is discovered that poor transparency, a low degree of multi-stakeholder consultation, the lack of third-party oversight, inadequate training and poor working conditions are the main problems associated with private security companies’ (PSCs) operations. It is acknowledged that the excessive reliance on primary data limits the overall validity and reliability of this project; however the operating environment places severe restrictions on additional research activity. Further researchers in the field investigating PSCs’ operations in hostile environments may be interested in this research project whilst PSC managers could review their policies and procedures based on the recommendations.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2016 12:17
    Last Modified: 22 Feb 2016 12:17
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/19858

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