When Police Sabotage Reform by Switching Tactics

17 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2018 Last revised: 16 Oct 2021

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David Hausman

Stanford University, Department of Political Science; Stanford Immigration Policy Lab

Dorothy Kronick

University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: February 16, 2021

Abstract

Reforms often restrict the use of specific police tactics. We identify a possible unintended consequence of such reforms: that police will sabotage the new rules by substituting one tactic for another. We show that police in Chicago responded to new restrictions on pedestrian stops by making traffic stops instead, and that police in Venezuela responded to new restrictions on arrests by killing suspects. This evidence of substitution, in two very different contexts, can inform policy as well as longstanding debates about the origins of and remedies for police abuse of power.

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

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

Suggested Citation

Hausman, David and Kronick, Dorothy, When Police Sabotage Reform by Switching Tactics (February 16, 2021). 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

Stanford Immigration Policy Lab ( email )

30 Alta Road
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Dorothy Kronick (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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