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The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing examines and critically retraces the field of policing studies by posing and exploring a series of fundamental questions to do with the concept and institutions of policing and their relation to social and political life in today's globalized world. The volume is structured in the following four parts: Part One: Lenses Part Two: Social and Political Order Part Three: Legacies Part Four: Problems and Problematics. By bringing new lines of vision and new voices to the social analysis of policing, and by clearly demonstrating why policing matters, the Handbook will be an essential tool for anyone in the field.

Political Theory, Institutional Purpose and Policing
Political Theory, Institutional Purpose and Policing
Seumas Miller
INTRODUCTION

Theories of policing can usefully be categorised as either descriptive or normative. A normative account is an account of what policing ought to be about, not what it has been or is about. Moreover, with respect to normative theories of policing we can distinguish between a normative theory of the institution of the police within a polity and, in particular, of the proper ends and distinctive means of the institution of the police in liberal democracies, on the one hand, and a theory about specific police methods or strategies, on the other. So a normative theory of the institution of the police is not a theory of, so to speak, best practice ...

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