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Transnational Organisations and Security

NCJ Number
Global Crime Volume: 13 Issue: 4 Dated: November 2012 Pages: 254-275
Deborah Avant; Virginia Haufler
Date Published
November 2012
22 pages
This study examined transnational actors and their role in security and criminology.
The fields of international relations and criminology analyze security from different directions, but both have had a dominant focus on states and state agencies until recently. Even as they looked at a wider range of actors as security providers, an important category of security actors has not been analyzed so far - 'non-violent' transnational organizations. Transnational non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and transnational corporations (TNCs) are not security organizations per se, but the strategies these transnational non-state actors pursue in response to violence affect security for both themselves and the societies in which they operate. The authors argue here that security at the local level is an outcome of interactions among diverse actors including transnational organizations and call for a research agenda focused on how transnational actors choose their response to insecurity and how those choices affect security governance. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.