Policing Police

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David Hausman

Stanford University, Department of Political Science

Dorothy Kronick

University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: May 1, 2020


Democracy requires constraining the police. We identify a risk of imposing constraints on police power: that police supervisors will sabotage the new rules by substituting one form of abuse for another. Police in Venezuela responded to new restrictions on arrests by using more extra-judicial force, and police in Chicago responded to new restrictions on pedestrian stops by making traffic stops instead. But in Colombia, where supervisors supported new restrictions on arrests, officers accepted them without substitution toward other types of abuse. This comparative evidence informs longstanding debates about the origins of and remedies for police abuse of power.

Keywords: Police, Delegation, Criminal Justice, Reform, Violence, Conflict, Venezuela

JEL Classification: D02, D82, D73, D74, K42

Suggested Citation

Hausman, David and Kronick, Dorothy, Policing Police (May 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3192908 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3192908

David Hausman

Stanford University, Department of Political Science ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Dorothy Kronick (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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