Simmel, the police form and the limits of democratic policing

Harkin, Diarmaid 2015, Simmel, the police form and the limits of democratic policing, British journal of criminology, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 730-746, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azv018.

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Title Simmel, the police form and the limits of democratic policing
Author(s) Harkin, DiarmaidORCID iD for Harkin, Diarmaid
Journal name British journal of criminology
Volume number 55
Issue number 4
Start page 730
End page 746
Total pages 17
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0007-0955
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Criminology & Penology
democratic policing
Scottish policing
Summary © 2015 The Author. I argue that the social theory of Georg Simmel can be used to illustrate certain limitations to the potential of democratic policing. Simmel makes a number of claims about trust, secrecy and accountability that are shown to have immediate relevance to my empirical case study of police-public consultation forums in Edinburgh, Scotland. Two particular aspects of the 'form' of the police-public relationship-the police's command of non-negotiable force and inequality in the reciprocity of information-play a key role in limiting some of the principal aspirations of democratic policing theory. There are permanent barriers to improving the democratic credentials of the police I argue, yet positive and progressive change is still achievable.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/bjc/azv018
Field of Research 1602 Criminology
1801 Law
160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Socio Economic Objective 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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