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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
2014 (English)In: European Police and Criminal Law Co-operation / [ed] Maria Bergström, Anna Jonsson Cornell, Oxford: Hart Publishing Ltd, 2014, 179-184 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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Chapter 10 by Bo Wennström who thus widens the perspective towards multi-agency cooperation. As a starting point, he notes that fighting crime is a concern for several players at different levels – from the local to the international level, while nation states are still modelled around vertical thinking. This ‘new order’ has been caused by an internal diffusion of power due to privatisation and deregulation, and by globalisation. The need for multi-agency cooperation is evident and the call for horizontal cooperation has become a co-occurring phenomenon in every debate on government, governance and public service. Especially in the field of security and fighting crime, the call for horizontal cooperation is now ever-present. Wennström argues that a kind of naïve ‘horizontal ideology’ exists, which presupposes that what is done in the name of horizontal collaboration is always good in itself, because it is done with a good purpose in mind: to increase safety and reduce violence. But multi-agency cooperation creates complex hierarchies in which the players tend to demonstrate a high degree of independence. The aim of this chapter is to offer a broader understanding of horizontal agency cooperation in the field of crime and security. A special focus will be on the shift from cooperation to coordination in the AFSJ in EU.

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Oxford: Hart Publishing Ltd, 2014. 179-184 p.
, Swedish studies in european law, ISSN 1757-8124 ; 5
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-218074ISBN: 9781849463508ISBN: 9781782251484OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-218074DiVA: diva2:694755
Available from: 2014-02-07 Created: 2014-02-07 Last updated: 2014-02-11Bibliographically approved

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