New Theories of Policing: A Social Democratic Critique

Robert Reiner

in The Eternal Recurrence of Crime and Control: Essays in Honour of Paul Rock

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580231
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702280 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

New Theories of Policing: A Social Democratic Critique

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This chapter reviews and criticizes the attempts in recent years to develop a fundamentally new perspective on policing. It argues that they misrepresent older perspectives and are mistaken in their characterization of current crises. It also suggests that democratic policing can be approximated to only being in a context of social, not just liberal — and certainly not neo-liberal — democracy. It begins with an outline of the new theories, with some critical comments about their formulation, largely derived from the perspectives that the new theories aim to replace. It concludes with a social democratic analysis of policing.

Keywords: policing; democratic policing; liberal democracy; democracy; social democratic analysis

Chapter.  16315 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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