ISBN-10:
0791455122
ISBN-13:
9780791455128
Pub. Date:
11/02/2002
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Organizational Structure in American Police Agencies: Context, Complexity, and Control

Organizational Structure in American Police Agencies: Context, Complexity, and Control

by Edward R. Maguire

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Overview

Organizational Structure in American Police Agencies: Context, Complexity, and Control

A new theory accounts for the characteristics of individual police departments.

Although most large police organizations perform the same tasks, there is tremendous variation in how individual organizations are structured. To account for this variation, author Edward R. Maguire develops a new theory that attributes the formal structures of large municipal police agencies to the contexts in which they are embedded. This theory finds that the relevant features of an organization’s context are its size, age, technology, and environment. Using a database representing nearly four hundred of the nation’s largest municipal police agencies, Maguire develops empirical measures of police organizations and their contexts and then uses these measures in a series of structural equation models designed to test the theory. Ultimately, police organizations are shown to be like other types of organizations in many ways but are also shown to be unique in a number of respects.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791455128
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 11/02/2002
Series: SUNY series in New Directions in Crime and Justice Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 303
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Edward R. Maguire is Associate Professor of Administration of Justice at George Mason University.

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

Foreword

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. What is Organizational Structure?

3. Explaining Organizational Structure

4. Police Organizational Structure

5. A Primitive Theory of Police Organizational Structure

6. Methodology and Descriptive Statistics

7. Testing the Theory

8. Summary and Conclusions

Notes

References

Name Index

Subject Index

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