Democratic Policing in Transitional and Developing Countries

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Nathan Pino, Dr Michael D Wiatrowski
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Dec 28, 2012 - Social Science - 264 pages
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Is it possible to create democratic forms of policing in transitional and developing societies? This volume argues that policing models and practices promoted by the west are often inadequate for adoption by countries making democratic transitions because they do not adequately address issues such as human rights, equity, co-production, accountability, openness and organizational change. Therefore police reform is often limited to a "one size fits all" approach.

The book expands the dialogue so that discussions of democratic policing around the world are more realistic, comprehensive and sensitive to the local context. Detailed case studies on Iraq, South Africa, Northern Ireland and Kazakhstan provide a realistic assessment of the current state of policing. The editors use the studies to suggest how to promote democratic policing and other important goals of democratic reform around the world.

The volume will assist academics, policy makers, NGOs and others in tailoring a local democratic policing strategy within a broader framework to enhance socioeconomic development and citizen capacity, build social capital, reduce various forms of conflict and support human rights.

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About the author (2012)

Nathan Pino is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Texas State University - San Marcos, USA. Michael D. Wiatrowski is retired from academia. He was formerly associate professor of criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University and Chair of the criminal justice department at Utica College of Syracuse University, USA.

Contributors: Nathan W. Pino, Michael D. Wiatrowski, Rehan Mullick, Rabia Nusrat, Robert Shanafelt, Steven T. Engel, Edward Snajdr, Heath Grant, Jane Grabias, Roy Godson.

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