Perspectives on the Power and Science of Police
THE NEW POLICE SCIENCE: THE POLICE POWER IN DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL GOVERNANCE, Dubber & Valverde, eds., Stanford University Press, 2006
16 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2012
Date Written: June 14, 2006
This is the introduction to a collection of essays providing a critical analysis of the most comprehensive and least comprehended of state powers, the power to police, broadly understood as the power to maximize public welfare — or, more colorfully, its “peace, order, and good government.” Featuring contributions from leading scholars from several countries working in a variety of fields, including law, criminology, political science, history, sociology, and social theory, The New Police Science examines the power to police as a basic technology of modern government that appears in a vast array of sites of governance, including not only the state, but also the household, the family, the asylum, the prison, the factory, the plantation, the military, the church, and — most recently — the global realm of war, police actions, and peace keeping.
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