The Politics of Private Security: Regulation, Reform and Re-Legitimation (Crime Prevention and Security Management)

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The Politics of Private Security is the first in-depth analysis of the political issues, processes and themes associated with private security provision. Drawing upon a wealth of historical and contemporary data, as well as the latest theoretical innovations in this research area, it advances original answers to the following key questions. How have private security companies become so prominent? What motivates them? What is their relationship with the state? How can they be controlled? And what does their increasingly ubiquitous presence in twenty-first century society tell us about the future of security provision?

Shortlisted for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2011

‘The Politics of Private Security is a rich and well-argued account of the ‘deeply political’ processes that shape the contours and dynamics of the private security industry. The political economy approach White develops sheds genuinely new light upon the contemporary history of private security in Britain – and he outlines in conclusion how this approach may guide future research in other jurisdictions.’
- Professor Ian Loader (University of Oxford), Criminology and Criminal Justice

‘The Politics of Private Security is a well-argued, finely detailed and fascinating historical account that will be of great interest to policing and socio-legal students and academics. The quality of future scholarly research on security politics, regardless of perspective, undoubtedly will have to be measured against it.’
- Dr Randy Lippert (University of Windsor), British Journal of Criminology

‘Of the hundreds of books I have reviewed in a decade or more, Adam White’s book The Politics of Private Security is the most significant…It deserves to be quoted for many years. By putting private security on the map, White has put himself on the map.’
- Mark Rowe, Editor, Professional Security

‘This is an exceedingly well-researched and clearly written historical account. By attending to the politics of state regulation in one country, it makes a major contribution to the private security literature.’
The British Journal of Criminology 

The political economy approach White develops sheds genuinely new light upon the contemporary history of private security in Britain’ Criminology & Criminal Justice