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Police reform in Sweden: How to make a perfect cup of Espresso
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
2013 (English)In: Centralizing Forces?: Comparative Perspectives on Contemporary Police Reform in Northern and Western Europe / [ed] Nicholas R. Fyfe, Jan Terpstra and Pieter Tops, The Hague: Eleven International Publishing , 2013, 157-172 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Police organizations in several Northern and Western European countries have recently witnessed fundamental reforms to their structures as well as to their relationships with governments.Many (but not all) of these macro-level reforms can be understood as forms of centralization. New or strengthened national police organizations have been created, with new territorial arrangements for delivering police services, involving the establishment of new structures of police governance and accountability. Written by highly experienced researchers, the essays in Centralizing Forces? Reveal intriguing similarities and differences in police reform in eight European countries: France, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, England and Wales, Scotland, the Netherlands and Sweden.The chapters examine the nature and dimensions of police reform and the importance of the political, cultural, social and economic contexts in which reform is happening. Despite some significant similarities in the reform process, the book also illustrates that there are important differences in the backgrounds, nature and consequences of police reform. Police reform is therefore strongly context dependent, not only in its underling drivers and motives, but also in its cultural meaning and the resulting problems and challenges. The cumulative product of these insights is evidence of how police reform is strongly linked to changing views about the role of the police in contemporary society, the shifting balance of power relations between key actors, and on political assumptions about the preferred relationships between the public police and national governments.This book therefore provides critical insights into police reform in different national contexts and a snapshot of a dynamic European policing landscape in which the contours of the relationships between police organizations, governments and citizens are being redrawn.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The Hague: Eleven International Publishing , 2013. 157-172 p.
Keyword [en]
Police organization, Police reform, Centralization, Police Forces, Institutional theory, Swedish Police, Police reform in Sweden
National Category
Law and Society
Research subject
Jurisprudence; European (Integration) Law; Administrative Law; Public Law; Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-215545ISBN: 978-94-6236-059-4ISBN: 978-94-6094-759-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-215545DiVA: diva2:687572
Police reform in Sweden, EPIC-project
Available from: 2014-01-14 Created: 2014-01-14 Last updated: 2014-01-28Bibliographically approved

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