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The Militarization of U.S. Domestic Policing


Abigail R. Hall


George Mason University

Christopher J. Coyne


George Mason University - Department of Economics

August 2, 2012

The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy, Forthcoming
GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 12-50

Abstract:     
This paper develops the political economy of the militarization of domestic policing. We analyze the mechanisms through which the “protective state” — where the government utilizes its monopoly on force to protect citizens’ rights — devolves into a “predatory state” which undermines the rights of the populace. We apply our theory to the U.S., where we trace the (failed) historical attempts to establish constraints to separate the military functions and policing functions of government. In doing so we emphasize the role of crises in the form of perpetual wars — the “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror” — in the accelerated militarization of domestic policing.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: Militarization, Paradox of Government, Bureaucracy, Crisis, War on Drugs, War on Terror

JEL Classification: D72, D73, H56, H10

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Date posted: August 2, 2012 ; Last revised: October 1, 2012

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Hall, Abigail R. and Coyne, Christopher J., The Militarization of U.S. Domestic Policing (August 2, 2012). The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy, Forthcoming; GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 12-50. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2122384 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2122384

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Abigail R. Hall
George Mason University ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
Christopher J. Coyne (Contact Author)
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
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