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.

New Animism in Policing: Re-animating the Rule of Law?

New Animism in Policing: Re-animating the Rule of Law?

New Animism in Policing: Re-animating the Rule of Law?
Mireille Hildebrandt

Since the present futures co-determine the future present, predictions basically enlarge the probability space we face; they do not reduce but expand both uncertainty and possibility. The question is about the distribution of the uncertainty and the possibility: who gets how much of what?1

The future, you must not foresee but enable.2


This chapter explores the implications of data-driven agency in policing under the heading of ‘new animism in policing'. The title is meant to stir the imagination of the reader, highlighting the fact that we are not merely dealing with new types of information-processing but with cybernetic and cyber-physical systems that act upon their environment.3 These systems ...

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