Policing the globe

International trends and issues in policing

Authored by: Jude McCulloch , James Martin

The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415781787
eBook ISBN: 9780203837146
Adobe ISBN: 9781136868504


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Policing has undergone rapid and significant changes in recent decades. While national distinctions and local conditions remain critical in shaping police organisations, this chapter focuses on international developments in policing under contemporary conditions of neo-liberal globalisation. It takes the global, cross-border and transnational as its primary points of reference. The literature on what is referred to variously as global, transnational, cross-border or world policing has grown alongside the burgeoning literature on globalisation (Anderson 1989; Nadelmann 1993; Walker 2000; Wood and Kempa 2005; Andreas and Nadelmann 2006; Loader and Walker 2007; Bowling and Sheptycki 2012). Nevertheless there has been little public discussion about the globalisation of policing. This is lamentable given the important social, political and legal implications of policing beyond national borders.

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