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Published: 04 March 2010

336 Pages


ISBN: 9780199283392

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The Politics of the Police

Fourth Edition

Robert Reiner

  • Robert Reiner, regarded by many as the leading academic writer on policing, draws upon the findings of police research to provide readers with a fascinating critique of the history, sociology, and politicisation of the police.
  • A stimulating and insightful discussion of the debates and controversies that surround the police, the author encourages readers to engage with the subject and to question established theories and perspectives.
  • An extensive bibliography is provided for those keen to broaden their knowledge of policing and the research undertaken by different scholars.
  • An accompanying website provides updates and web links enabling readers to keep abreast of new developments between editions.

New to this Edition:

  • A new chapter on developing theory and research on policing: Watching the watchers: theory and research in policing studies
  • Chapter 2 on the rise and fall of police legitimacy has been expanded to suggest a third stage 'beyond legitimation'
  • All chapters have been heavily revised and updated to take in recent research and law and policy developments

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