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NCJ Number: 157991 Find in a Library
Title: Community, Policing and Accountability: The Politics of Policing in Manchester in the 1980s
Author(s): E McLaughlin
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 203
Sponsoring Agency: Avebury Publishing Co
Brookfield, VT 05036
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85628-488-3
Sale Source: Avebury Publishing Co
Old Post Road
Brookfield, VT 05036
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This book looks back to the 1980's when extensive public debate occurred in England about police accountability; it details and analyzes the origins, key features, and outcomes of different political campaigns surrounding the issue of police accountability.
Abstract: The first chapter narrates the precise social, political, and economic context in which demands for police accountability re-emerged in the late 1970's and early 1980's. The second chapter examines wider theoretical questions about community, representation, and participation which must be addressed by those seeking to democratize the police. The next three chapters focus on the political struggle over police accountability that unfolded in Manchester, England, between the late 1970's and 1985. Subsequent chapters document the considerable impact of national shifts on local police accountability campaigns in Manchester. The author illustrates how the political unpopularity of the Manchester City Council's police monitoring initiative reached new heights and how it was dramatically jettisoned by the council in favor of politically advantageous community safety strategies. The final chapter reflects on more general lessons to be learned from various attempts to create democratic structures of representation and participation in Manchester policing matters. 336 references
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Community involvement; England; History of policing; Municipal police; Police community relations; Police effectiveness; Police organizational structure; Police responsibilities; Political influences
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