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Crafting Transnational Policing

Police Capacity-Building and Global Policing Reform

Editor(s): Andrew Goldsmith, James Sheptycki
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Published: 12-11-2007
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 418
ISBN: 9781841137766
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About Crafting Transnational Policing

The book examines the phenomenon of crafting transnational policing. By this term is meant the different forms of engagement in policing reform by international donors, national governments, foreign police and law enforcement agencies in the domestic policing agencies and programs of recipient countries. It includes, inter alia, peace-keeping in post-conflict situations, reconstruction and capacity-building as part of nation- or state-building exercises, and the provision of technical assistance in relation to certain aspects of law enforcement. In each instance, there is a cross-border provision of resources with a view to shaping the kind of policing provided in recipient nations. Why do some countries engage in these activities? Why has policing become a preferred form of foreign policy engagement in some countries? What forms of policing development are provided? How are they delivered? And how are they received? How should these kinds of assistance and/or interventions be conducted in future? In this regard, is there a non-negotiable 'core' of good policing that needs to be developed and nurtured as an integral part of all defensible transnational policing engagements?

These are some of the questions raised by the contributions to this book. The book arises primarily from papers presented at a workshop held in Onati, Spain in July 2004 on the emergence of a global constabulary ethic. The book has also been supplemented by two solicited chapters.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Crafting Transnational Policing
Andrew Goldsmith and James Sheptycki
1. The Constabulary Ethic and the Transnational Condition
James Sheptycki
2. Making Sense of Transnational Police-Building: Foreign Assistance in Colombian Policing
Andrew Goldsmith, Maria Victoria Llorente and Angela Rivas
3. Locating the Public Interest in Transnational Policing
Ian Loader and Neil Walker

4. Obstacles on the Road to Peace and Justice: The Role of Civilian Police in Peacekeeping
Rick Linden, David Last and Christopher Murphy
5. Implementing Police Reforms: The Role of the Transnational Policy Community
Otwin Marenin
6. Fostering a Dependency Culture: The Commodification of Community Policing in a Global Marketplace
Graham Ellison
7. The Cart before the Horse: Community Oriented Versus Professional Models of International Police Reform
Christopher Murphy
8. Managerialist Pathways Toward 'Good Policing': Observations from South Africa
Elrena van der Spuy

9. Police Building in the Southwest Pacific - New Directions in Australian Regional Policing
Abby McLeod and Sinclair Dinnen
10. Crafting the Governance of Security in Argentina: Engaging with Global Trends
Jennifer Wood and Enrique Font
11. Police Use of Force and Transnational Review Processes: The Venezuelan Police under the Inter-American System
Christopher Birkbeck
Concluding Remarks
Andrew Goldsmith and James Sheptycki


“In attempting to make sense of the various manifestations of transnational policing, and their underpinning motivations, this volume is much more than the usual collection of case studies. It progresses beyond the well-trodden path of highlighting the many shortcomings of the global policing project and instead seeks to unpack the enduring appeal of foreign police assistance as a preferred means of strategic intervention...This is a compilation that will be of interest to scholars concerned with transnational policing, global governance, international development, (critical) international relations, and humanitarian assistance, amongst other areas.” –  Conor O'Reilly, Law & Society Review, Volume 43, Number 1

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