Journal Article

Runaway Bureaucracy? The European Police Chiefs Task Force

Jelle van Buuren

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 6, issue 3, pages 281-290
Published in print September 2012 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online May 2012 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
Runaway Bureaucracy? The European Police Chiefs Task Force

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Whenever the theme of the administrative accountability of European police cooperation is mentioned, some pessimistic forecasts can be noted. European police cooperation is said to create ‘runaway bureaucracies’ due to institutional complexity, a concentration of expertise and knowledge, and an inherent desire for autonomy inside the police. These propositions are empirically tested by a case study of the European Police Chiefs Task Force (PCTF), with a focus on the struggle between the Dutch political-administrative level and the Dutch Police Chiefs on the role, position, and accountability mechanism regarding the PCTF. The study finds that Dutch Police Chiefs have not been able to bypass national accountability procedures by participating in the PCTF, even though there is some indication that the Dutch police chiefs tried to strengthen their autonomous position through the PCTF. Essentially, it appears that national structures always prevail. If there are any changes in the European power structures, it is compensated for and corrected nationally.

Journal Article.  5687 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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