Introduction: Diversity in Policing: Multi-Agency Frameworks and Strategies in South Africa

Society in transition, 35(2), 197-203, 2004

9 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2016

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Clifford Shearing

University of Cape Town; Griffith Institute of Criminology; University of Montreal, School of Criminology; University of New South Wales; University of Toronto

Monique Marks

University of KwaZulu-Natal - Department of Sociology

Date Written: January 28, 2004

Abstract

While policing has always been plural, states have for several centuries sought to realize an ideal of a state monopoly over the governance of security. These aspirations have their roots in the political thought of Hobbes (among others) who wrote at the time of the Westphalian Peace of 1648. The ideals of this tradition were expressed by Weber's conception of the nation state as requiring a monopoly of violence. Within this political philosophy, aspiration led to claims that such a monopoly had been realized; that a political fiction was the case. Over the past several decades this fiction has been increasingly difficult to maintain even though the Westphalian aspiration remains very much alive and well.

Suggested Citation

Shearing, Clifford D and Marks, Monique, Introduction: Diversity in Policing: Multi-Agency Frameworks and Strategies in South Africa (January 28, 2004). Society in transition, 35(2), 197-203, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2723878 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2723878

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