The Case Against Privatization
Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law
November 15, 2012
Philosophy & Public Affairs (2013 Forthcoming)
This article develops a non-instrumental argument against privatization of certain forms of political violence. Its primary foci are the privatization of prisons and the use of mercenaries in wars. The article maintains that some governmental decisions simply cannot be executed by private entities. While private individuals may act in conformity with the state's orders, such conformity cannot count as an execution of the order of the state and cannot be attributed to the state. Conformity that does not constitute an execution of the state's order, in turn, fails to realize the ends for the sake of which the infliction of force is justified, i.e., condemnation of the criminal behavior (in the case of punishment) and fighting for the polity’s public good (in the case of wars).
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: privatization, public officials, political legitimation, punishment, warAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 10, 2012 ; Last revised: December 18, 2012
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