The Struggle for Democratization
- M. R. Haberfeld - John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY, USA
- Ibrahim Cerrah - Institute for Security Sciences, Ankara, Turkey
A unique approach to studying police forces around the globe
How do police forces around the world move toward democratization of their operations and responses? Analyzing police forces from 12 different countries, Comparative Policing: The Struggle for Democratization assesses the stages of each country based on the author's development of a "Continuum of Democracy" scale.
Using five basic themes, this book uses the following criteria to rank and evaluate where each country falls on the continuum, clarifying how policing practices differ:
· History of a democratic form of government
· Level of corruption within governmental organizations and the oversight mechanisms in place
· Scope of and response to civil disobedience
· Organization structures of police departments
· Operational responses to terrorism and organized crime
Intended Audience: This unique analysis of policing is an ideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses in Comparative Criminal Justice, Police Studies, Policing and Society, and Terrorism in departments of criminal justice, criminology, sociology, and government.
Will be teaching Justice 251, Comparative Policing, online in Summer 2013. Will be using Comparative Policing, The Struggle for Democratization as the primary text.
A very comprehensive text that covers all essential topics for this unit.
Having read this book I feel it should also be employed on the Operational Policing Module as it provides a useful comparative study that allows students to take a more positive and informed view of the policing of the UK when compared with other countries. It provides the opportunity to reinforce concepts of democratization of policing in a way that is fresh and informative. A valuable tool in the study of democratic policing as we know it, that permits the student to obtain a more balanced and informed view of the subject area. Many courses concentrate upon UK and some Transnational areas, this tends to marginalize the in-depth study and comparison that is essential to the proper understanding of Democratic Policing.