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Comparative Policing

Comparative Policing
The Struggle for Democratization

December 2007 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"A wonderful resource, user friendly and very well written." - Timothy J. Horohol, John Jay College

A unique approach to studying police forces around the globe

How do police forces around the world move toward democratization of their operations and responses? Analyzing police forces from 12 different countries, Comparative Policing: The Struggle for Democratization assesses the stages of each country based on the author's development of a "Continuum of Democracy" scale.

Key Features
Using five basic themes, this book uses the following criteria to rank and evaluate where each country falls on the continuum, clarifying how policing practices differ:
· History of a democratic form of government
· Level of corruption within governmental organizations and the oversight mechanisms in place
· Scope of and response to civil disobedience
· Organization structures of police departments
· Operational responses to terrorism and organized crime

Intended Audience: This unique analysis of policing is an ideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses in Comparative Criminal Justice, Police Studies, Policing and Society, and Terrorism in departments of criminal justice, criminology, sociology, and government.

M. R. Haberfeld, Lior Gideon
Chapter 1. Introduction - Policing Is Hard on Democracy, or Democracy Is Hard on Policing?
Yue Ma
Chapter 2. The Chinese Police
Benjamin Nelson Reames
Chapter 3. Neofeudal Aspects of Brazil's Public Security
Benjamin Nelson Reames
Chapter 4. Paths to Fairness, Effectiveness, and Democratic Policing in Mexico
Stuart Cullen, William H. McDonald
Chapter 5. Postconflict Democratization of the Police: The Sierra Leone Experience
Peter Roudik
Chapter 6. Policing the Russian Federation
Farrukh Hakeem
Chapter 7. Emergence of Modern Indian Policing: From Mansabdari to Constabulary
Ibrahim Cerrah
Chapter 8. Democratization of Policing: The Case of the Turkish Police
Lior Gideon, Ruth Geva, Sergio Herzog
Chapter 9. Traditional Policing in an Area of Increasing Homeland Concerns: The Case of the Israeli Police
Benoit Dupont
Chapter 10. The French Police System: Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place - The Tension of Serving Both the State and the Public
Matt Long, Stuart Cullen
Chapter 11. United Kingdom: Democratic Policing - Global Change From a Democratic Perspective
Curtis Clarke
Chapter 12. Democratic Policing: The Canadian Experience
Anders Walker
Chapter 13. Democracy's Double Edge: Police and Procedure in the United States
Maria (Maki) Haberfeld, William McDonald, and Agostino von Hassell
Chapter 14. International Cooperation in Policing: A Partial Answer to the Query?
Appendix A: Atlas of Regional Maps

Will be teaching Justice 251, Comparative Policing, online in Summer 2013. Will be using Comparative Policing, The Struggle for Democratization as the primary text.

Mr Thomas Quinn
Social Sciences Dept, Community College of Philadelphia
December 27, 2012

A very comprehensive text that covers all essential topics for this unit.

Mr Martin Tunley
School of Social Science, Birmingham City University
December 22, 2009

Having read this book I feel it should also be employed on the Operational Policing Module as it provides a useful comparative study that allows students to take a more positive and informed view of the policing of the UK when compared with other countries. It provides the opportunity to reinforce concepts of democratization of policing in a way that is fresh and informative. A valuable tool in the study of democratic policing as we know it, that permits the student to obtain a more balanced and informed view of the subject area. Many courses concentrate upon UK and some Transnational areas, this tends to marginalize the in-depth study and comparison that is essential to the proper understanding of Democratic Policing.

Dr Mervyn Sinclair
E&I school of Human Sciences and Law, Buckinghamshire New University
December 19, 2009
Key features
Five basic themes - to explain how a given country "earns" its place on the democratization continuum - will include:

1. Community Oriented Policing
2. Use of Force
3. Militarization - related to the phenomenon of terrorism
4. Accountability
5. Human Rights

Continuum of countries from least democratic to most democratic will be developed to show students how they differ in their policing practices.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 5

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