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NCJ Number: 158308 Find in a Library
Title: Ethan A. Nadelmann, Cops Across Borders, the Internationalization of U.S. Law Enforcement, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1993, pp. xxxiii and 524
Journal: European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice  Volume:3  Issue:2  Dated:(1995)  Pages:218-220
Author(s): M Anderson
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This review of Nadelmann's books on the internationalization of law enforcement in the United States concludes that the book is an important one that advances the thesis that in recent decades a dramatic shift has occurred to an agenda dominated by the United States for international law enforcement, although this shift has not changed the basic dilemmas of international cooperation in criminal law enforcement.
Abstract: Nadelmann argues that other countries have adopted United States practices and have submitted, either passively or under protest, to American unilateral action. The book presents valuable information and covers a broad range of issues, along with its interesting and controversial thesis. Nadelmann is astute in deflecting possible criticisms of the Americanization thesis by saying that the term must be understood broadly and that substantial differences remain within Europe. However, the situation and the appropriateness of Nadelmann's thesis look somewhat different from the European perspective. Global balances are shifting; the apparent global dominance of the United States is extremely fragile. In addition, in Europe the influence of the United States over international law enforcement is much less important than Nadelmann suggests. Finally, some European countries criticize and resist the United States example and are increasingly tending to learn from one another.
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Europe; US/foreign comparisons
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