The Police

The Police

Autonomy and Consent

1st Edition - December 13, 1982

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  • Author: Michael Brogden
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483297286

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The Police: Autonomy and Consent is composed of two parts dealing mainly on the theme of police autonomy (Chapters 2-6) and the reciprocal theme of consent (Chapters 7-9). In particular, Chapter 2 is devoted to an historical account of the development of early police autonomy. Chapters 3 and 4 consider the political relation of the successor force within the local state in the mid-1970s, and the historical changes in the relationship between the police institution and the central state, respectively. Subsequent two chapters locate the core problem in considering police independence within the legal domain, and the role and political orientations of the three intrapolice organizations in reinforcing the development of autonomy. Chapter 7 demonstrates that different forms of relationship have historically characterized the relations between police institutions and the different social classes. The last two chapters present evidence on consent, and draws the themes of autonomy and consent together by focusing on the role of the chief police officer, positioned at the nexus between structural demands and organizational restraints, in continually negotiating definitions and practices of police work.

Table of Contents

  • Preface



    1. The Police and the State

    Models of the State

    The Perspective of the State Agents

    The Chiefs and the Local State — Towards an Alternative Theorization of Urban Managers


    Part One. Autonomy

    2. The Chiefs and the Local State: I. The Development of Managerial Autonomy

    Introduction—The Political Relation

    The Historical Relation between Police and Local State

    The Political Economy of the City at the Time of Police Reform

    The Origins of the Liverpool Police

    The Old Police

    Fractional Conflicts over the New Police

    The Political Relation 1836-1910

    The Development of Autonomy—The Order to "Proceed against Brothels"

    The Construction of the Managerial Role


    3. The Chiefs and the Local State Since the 1964 Police Act


    The Orthodox Analyses: Exegesis and Critique

    The Demise of the Local Political Relation

    The Political Relation in the 1970s

    The Relation of the Committee within the Local State

    The Financial Constraints

    The Structuring of Information

    The Practice of Local Police Management


    4. The Central State and the Negotiation of Resources

    The Relationship Prior to World War I

    The Relation Between the Wars

    Post-War—Negotiation via Formulae

    The Police Inspectorate

    The Home Office Circular

    Parliament and Residual Forms of Accountability


    5. The Legal Relation

    The Police Institution and the Doctrine of "Original Powers"

    The Power of Prosecution

    Prosecution Power—The Example o f Cautioning

    Standardization and Public Order Offences


    6. The Police Institution

    The Chiefs as Negotiators of Law Enforcement Resources

    The Institutional Form of Police Independence

    Negotiation, Independence and the Police Institution


    Part Two. Consent

    7. Consent: Class Relations in Police History


    Orthodox Histories of the Police: A Discourse of Consent

    The Class Relations of the Police Institution in Social History


    8. Consent, Dissent and Reconstruction

    Consent and Dissent—The Ambivalence in Attitudes to the Police

    Community Policing and the Re-Construction of Consent


    9. Police Work, Negotiation, Autonomy and Consent

    The Constraints on the Police Manager

    The Conjunction between Police Organization and the Major Social Classes

    Autonomy and Consent—The "Concrete" Limits

    Postscript: The Toxteth Riots, 1981

    The Historical Context

    The Conjunction Between Police and Society

    The Legal Relation

    The Riots and Autonomy and Consent in the City



Product details

  • No. of pages: 265
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1982
  • Published: December 13, 1982
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483297286

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Michael Brogden

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