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Converging Corporatisation: The Transformation of Public Police

Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp.159-174, 2007

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/93

25 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2009  

Pat O'Malley

The University of Sydney Law School

Steven Hutchinson

Carleton University

Date Written: September, 16 2009

Abstract

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

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

Pat O'Malley (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Steven Hutchinson

Carleton University ( email )

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
Canada

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