Policing and Economic Calculation

33 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2020

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Tate Fegley

Center for Governance and Markets

Date Written: 2020


What are the costs of a bureaucratically administrated police force? This paper applies the concept of economic calculation to the provision of policing and security services. It argues that a number of major issues in policing today – constitutional protections regarding searches and seizures, the proper levels of use of force, and balancing the protections of officers with the protection of the public – arise from the inability of bureaucratically managed police agencies to engage in economic calculation. It further argues that these issues cannot be resolved through reform of government provision of policing, but only through a system of competitive provision.

Keywords: Arbitration, Economic Calculation, Police, Police Unions

JEL Classification: H11, H42, J52, P35

Suggested Citation

Fegley, Tate, Policing and Economic Calculation (2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3618432 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3618432

Tate Fegley (Contact Author)

Center for Governance and Markets ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15260-0001
United States

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