International Relations Research News

Webster Vienna faculty member Dr. Jozef Bátora has contributed a chapter to the political theory publication Governance in Turbulent Times, published by the Oxford University Press.

In his chapter, Prof. Bátora analyzes the surge of private military corporations (PMCs) as a source of turbulence in the institutions of war-making. He shows that the rise of PMCs leads to destabilization of well-established organizational forms and institutionalized rules of war and to the emergence of new rules and practices of war-making.

At the center of the analysis is the concept of interstitial organizations, i.e. those emerging in the interstices between various institutionalized fields. These organizations recombine physical, informational, financial, legal, and legitimacy resources and practices stemming from organizations belonging to these different fields (Bátora 2013).

This chapter shows that PMCs as interstitial organizations transpose and recombine norms, rules, legal regulations, and practices across institutional domains and generate new patterns of how war-making is conducted and regulated. Emergence and operation of interstitial organizations is a key element in the reinstitutionalization of war-making.

Access to publication.

Jozef Bátora (2017): "Turbulence and War Private Military Corporations and the Reinstitutionalization of War-Making" in Ansell, C., Trondal, J. and Ogard, M. (eds.): Governance in Turbulent Times. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 181-201