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.
Chapter 6: Police, the Rule of Law, and Civil Society: A Philosophical Perspective
Police, the Rule of Law, and Civil Society: A Philosophical Perspective
Police and policing, as a topic of study, concerns multiple issues including the history of policing, the institutions and practices of policing, different theories of policing, the relations between policing and types of political/legal order, international and transnational policing, policing and corruption, the use of force, including lethal force, the role of discretion in policing, and numerous others. Moreover, police and policing are studied by several different methodologies. These include diverse social scientific and criminological approaches, both theoretical and empirical, quantitatively oriented studies, approaches focused on qualitative considerations, historically oriented studies, comparative studies, and others. Given the breadth and variety of social ...