Reinventing Policing: Policing As Governance

Shearing, C. 1994. Reinventing Policing: Policing as Governance. Imbizo, 1(1): 285-308.

Posted: 19 Sep 2019

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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

Date Written: 1994

Abstract

What I find most interesting and useful about eaming the evolution of policing is the extent to which understanding developments in policing contributes to an understanding of the evolution of governance and vice versa. By governance I simply mean the activity or business of governing (that is, attempts to realize a way of doing things), or what Foucault called 'the conduct of conduct.' At the heart of the changes that have and are, transforming policing are shifts in the location, strategies and mentalities of governance that privatization, in its many guises, is promoting. These shifts in governance are creating enormous inequalities with respect to both the availability of governmental goods and control over their provision. This is evident in the case of policin where some people, generally the well to do, have benefited enormously from privatization while others, generally the poor, have become even less secure and less autonomous that they already were.

Suggested Citation

Shearing, Clifford D, Reinventing Policing: Policing As Governance (1994). Shearing, C. 1994. Reinventing Policing: Policing as Governance. Imbizo, 1(1): 285-308., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3443782

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