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The Politics of the Police
by Robert Reiner
Covering the history of the police, the sociology of policing, and the politics of the police, this book presents an examination of the complex debates surrounding policing. It also takes into account the various changes in the law and organisation of policing, such as the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994, and others.
This third edition of the popular and highly acclaimed text, The Politics of the Police, has been completely revised and updated to take account of recent and profound changes in the law, policy and organisation of policing. The Police and Magistrates Courts Act 1994, the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, the Police Act 1996 and the Public Order Bill have all had a major impact on policing in the UK during this period. The social and political context has also changed dramatically - not least with the election of a Labour government after 18 years of Conservative rule. All these factors have lead to a profound shift in the nature of policing. The author has retained the book's three-fold structure, covering the history of the police, the sociology of policing and the law and politics of the police. There is also and examination of the complex and highly-charged debates surrounding policing, including the various controversies and developments which have lead to a change in the public's opinion of the police in recent years - from the violent conflict of the miners' strike in 1984-85 to the Macpherson report on the Stephen Lawrence case in 1999.In addition, durrent proposals for reform are analysed and others proposed. This clear, insightful and up to date review of a complex and contentious subject will be essential reading for all those concerned with policing, whether students, researchers, or professionals.
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Robert Reiner is Professor of Criminology in the Law Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author or editor of several successful texts on criminology and the police, including The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (2/e 1997).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Politics and Policing; PART I: HISTORY; 2. The Birth of the Blues:The establishment of professional policing in Britain 1829-56; 3. The Rise and Fall of Police Legitimacy, 1856-1991; PART II: SOCIOLOGY; 4. Cop Culture; 5. Demystifying the Police; 6. Mystifying the Police; PART III: LAW AND POLITICS; 7. Police Powers and Accountability; 8. Conclusion: A History of the Future; References; Index
The Politics of the Police by Robert Reiner
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