Reining in Private Agents

Headnotes, Minnesota Law Review, 101:279 , (2016)

53 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2016

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

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Date Written: November 14, 2016


Major segments of Western social and political thought hold the private sector to be the realm of freedom, and the government to be a coercive power that must be constrained. This article demonstrates that in three major areas — the collection of personal information, policing, and military interventions overseas — private actors allow the government to circumvent such restrictions. Various remedies have been suggested to reduce if not prevent this development. After reviewing them, we suggest a need for a profound rethinking of the basic normative and legal principles at issue.

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Etzioni, Amitai, Reining in Private Agents (November 14, 2016). Headnotes, Minnesota Law Review, 101:279 , (2016). Available at SSRN:

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