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NCJ Number: 157905 Find in a Library
Title: De-Centralised Policing in Spain: The Case of the Autonomous Basque Police
Journal: Policing and Society  Volume:5  Issue:1  Dated:(1995)  Pages:15-36
Author(s): S Greer
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 22
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The Autonomous Basque Police (ABP), one of the newest police forces in Europe, is the result of liberalizing, democratizing, and decentralizing the Spanish state since the death of Franco in 1975.
Abstract: Although the ABP owes its existence to the general transformation of state and society in Spain since Franco, its roots go much deeper and are intimately entwined with a central and controversial theme in Basque history, the claim of the Basque nation to statehood. Historical origins and institutional foundations of the ABP are reviewed, along with achievements of and prospects for the ABP. The author notes that policing responsibilities in the Basque region have evolved from the national to the regional level, that the Spanish state still retains considerable authority and influence over the ABP through the Joint Security Commission and national policing legislation, and that a harmonious working relationship between Spanish and Basque authorities can be sustained as long as the legitimacy of each other's interests in policing the Basque region are recognized. 40 references
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): History of policing; Police organizational structure; Political influences; Spain
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