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Introduction

Jean‐Paul Brodeur

in The Policing Web

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199740598
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866083 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740598.003.0001

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

Introduction

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The book is based on four guiding ideas and their consequences. The first guiding principle is that a theory of policing should strive to be descriptively complete and should enlarge its scope well beyond uniformed policing. The second is the need for a transnational approach encompassing policing in different contexts. The third theme to be developed is a well‐known paradox of criminal justice, which also applies to policing: crime and criminal justice mirror each other in several respects. The fourth is that there may be substantial discordances between the requirements of descriptive completeness and full theoretical consistency. The theory of policing may be fraught with antinomies that cannot be fully resolved and are an integral part of such a theory. The rest of the introduction is dedicated to demonstrating how these guiding principles bring unity to the book.

Keywords: policing; comprehensiveness; transnational approach; mirror effect; antinomies; unity

Chapter.  5690 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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