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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.

Policing after State Socialism
Policing after State Socialism
Andy Aitchison
INTRODUCTION

Three factors suggest that a clearly defined and coherent category of post-socialist policing is unlikely: different experiences of state socialism (Bunce, 1999); diverse trajectories of post-socialist transition or stagnation (Fish, 1999); and the time elapsed since socialist rule. In the Eurasian socialist space, nine countries spawned 30 successor states and further breakaway de facto states, while East Germany has reunified with its West German co-nationals (see Table 19.1). Trajectories away from state socialism have variously been accompanied by the demands of newly-independent statehood, conflict and moves towards membership of international institutions embodying multi-level forms of liberal democracy. Each of these has an impact on the emerging policing system. The latter may lead to policing systems based ...

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