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Conceptualizing the relationship of good security sector governance to the state security system

25 October, 2022



This paper attempts to contribute to the debate concerning the application of good security-sector governance in state security systems.

It starts with a short theoretical overview explaining the linkage between good governance and effective state security systems. Then, it continues examining the need for dedication, integrity, courage, and competency from each service member as well as oversight mechanisms that support the development of efficient state-security architecture.

The paper supports statements with evidence and multiple case studies from various countries. It also explores, amongst others, the importance of human rights in the Armed Forces, professional rectitude, the role of civil society and the legislature and the application of good governance principles in the intelligence sector.

While the authors have chosen to focus on certain issues, they assert that security sector governance cannot function in isolation from capabilities.