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The Politics of Policing Reform in Northern Ireland

John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary

in The Northern Ireland Conflict

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199266579
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601446 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199266573.003.0013
The Politics of Policing Reform in Northern Ireland

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This chapter builds on the arguments presented in John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary, Policing Northern Ireland: Proposals for a New Start (Belfast: Blackstaff 1999), arguments that were widely seen as influencing the findings of the Independent Commission on Policing (the Patten Commission). The chapter analyses the Commission's report and the controversy surrounding its implementation by Secretary of State Peter Mandleson. It discusses the relationship between the struggle over police reform and the stalemate in Northern Ireland's political institutions, and argues that the successful completion of policing reform is essential to the Agreement's consolidation.

Keywords: RUC; policing; policing reform; Patten Commission; accountable; impartial; representative; control

Chapter.  14265 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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