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The Politics of Outsourcing Military Support Services

Erbel, M. (2016). The Politics of Outsourcing Military Support Services. In: Berndtsson, J & Kinsey, C (Eds.), The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing (Hardback) book cover The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing. (pp. 231-240). Routledge.


This chapter provides a policy-based reading of the drivers, processes, and long-term ramifications of the outsourcing of military support services that has thus far been all but absent from the literature. Military support services represent the vast majority of contracts let by the military, so that the findings arrived at here are seen to be representative for the broader issue of military contractorisation. Focusing on the USA and the UK, the chapter will 1) identify the structural, contextual factors that frame defence services acquisition, 2) map the defence services acquisition “policy network”, and 3) identify a systemic bias towards contractorisation. Based on these findings, the chapter will 4) conclude with an outlook over the future of military contractorisation within the political context identified earlier.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing, 2016, , available online:, ISBN 9781472426833.
Publisher Keywords: Political Science; International Relations; International Security
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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