Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp.159-174, 2007
25 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2009
Date Written: September, 16 2009
Changes in policing over the past thirty years have led to recognition of the prominence of private policing. However, while private police are recognised as rivals to public police, the analysis of the private sector has understated the extent to which their corporate character has given rise to extensive diversification of their capacities. Conversely, as public police have been permeated by a 'new managerial' ethos, and are required by governments to exercise more enterprise - especially with respect to revenue streams and public relations - so they have begun to converge with the forms and functions of the private sector. One of the possible brakes on further convergence is 'police culture' and police unionism in the public sector, but at management levels convergence appears to be regarded with far less critical concerns.
Keywords: police, security, private police, police culture, police unions, police management, corporatisation
JEL Classification: K10, K14, K30
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
O'Malley, Pat and Hutchinson, Steven, Converging Corporatisation: The Transformation of Public Police (September, 16 2009). Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp.159-174, 2007; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/93. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1474123