Democracy and the Police

Democracy and the Police

by David Sklansky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804755647

ISBN-13: 9780804755641

Pub. Date: 11/12/2007

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Everyone is for "democratic policing"; everyone is against a "police state." But what do those terms mean, and what should they mean? The first half of this book traces the connections between the changing conceptions of American democracy over the past half-century and the roughly contemporaneous shifts in ideas about the police—linking, on the one hand, the

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Everyone is for "democratic policing"; everyone is against a "police state." But what do those terms mean, and what should they mean? The first half of this book traces the connections between the changing conceptions of American democracy over the past half-century and the roughly contemporaneous shifts in ideas about the police—linking, on the one hand, the downfall of democratic pluralism and the growing popularity of participatory and deliberative democracy with, on the other hand, the shift away from the post-war model of professional law enforcement and the movement toward a new orthodoxy of community policing. The second half of the book explores how a richer set of ideas about policing might change our thinking about a range of problems and controversies associated with the police, ranging from racial profiling and the proliferation of private security, to affirmative action and the internal governance of law enforcement agencies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804755641
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
11/12/2007
Series:
Critical Perspectives on Crime and Law Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Preventing the Police State: The Rise of Democratic Pluralism     13
"Where Officers Are Under the Law": Pluralist Policing     33
Losing Faith in Sergeant Friday: Pluralism's Fall     59
Public Safety as Community Empowerment: Participation and the Police     74
Deepening the "Democratic" in Democratic Policing     106
Police and Community     114
Police and Equality     132
Police and Participation     155
Conclusion     189
Notes     197
Index     257

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