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NCJ Number: 150073 Find in a Library
Title: Modernity, Rationality, and French Bread: Some Thoughts on Police Management in Europe
Journal: Cahiers de la Securite Interieure  Issue:14  Dated:(August-October 1993)  Pages:21-36
Author(s): S Holdaway
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 16
Type: Presentation
Format: Article
Language: French
Country: France
Annotation: This article analyzes pending reforms of the British police system in their national and European cultural context.
Abstract: Just like French bread, the French police force has successfully resisted efforts of modernization and rationalization. The example of France and of other European countries shows that effectiveness and efficiency are not the only factors to consider in planning a police reform; rather, a country's values, police culture, and popular tradition are equally significant. The British police force is soon to undergo a radical reform which will change the organization from its long-standing military structure to a management-by-objectives style. This reform has been spearheaded and designed by British industrial management experts after a thorough study of the existing police organization. If these reform ideas are implemented with care and respect for existing traditions, they will improve the British police force and may even help streamline other European police forces. However, if they are imposed insensitively, they will fail just like the efforts to rationalize French bread production. 30 references
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Cultural influences; Management by objectives; Police reform; United Kingdom (UK)
Note: Paper presented at International Conference for Comparative Police Systems and Supports, Paris, December 1- 4, 1992
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