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Policing in cool and hot climates: legitimacy, power and the rise and fall of mass stop and search in Scotland

Murray, Kath and Harkin, Diarmaid 2016, Policing in cool and hot climates: legitimacy, power and the rise and fall of mass stop and search in Scotland, British journal of criminology, In Press, pp. azw007-azw007, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azw007.

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Title Policing in cool and hot climates: legitimacy, power and the rise and fall of mass stop and search in Scotland
Author(s) Murray, Kath
Harkin, Diarmaid
Journal name British journal of criminology
Season In Press
Start page azw007
End page azw007
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0007-0955
1464-3529
Keyword(s) stop and search
police legitimacy
Scottish policing
police accountability
Summary Prior to the amalgamation of Scotland’s eight police forces into Police Scotland in 2013 by the Scottish National Party government, Scottish policing generally enjoyed a ‘cool’ political climate, with low scrutiny and minimal political engagement. This paper argues these conditions hindered the critical interrogation of Scottish policing, allowing a policy of unregulated and unfettered stop and search to flourish unchallenged for two decades. We then show how this policy was swiftly dismantled in the ‘heated’ environment that followed centralization, a move that gave rise to the unprecedented scrutiny of Scottish policing by media and political commentators. The analysis suggests that the legitimacy and reputation of the police may owe a debt to political environments that encourage either ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ analysis. Also, that more heated political environments, often disparaged by academics and criminal justice practitioners, can drive accountability and contribute to more progressive outcomes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/bjc/azw007
Field of Research 160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
180199 Law not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Oxford University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083353

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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