Policing after state socialism

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Abstract

There are important divergences in how states experience state socialism (Bunce, 1999). Political and institutional choices made in advance of, during and immediately after the demise of a state-socialist regime can produce very different trajectories and outcomes (Fish, 1999). Nonetheless, certain important commonalities have been identified and abstracted from concrete historical formations, particularly in relation to ideology, structures of power and the relationships between state, party and mass organisations (Kornai, 1992). The police system, as a manifestation and fundamental element of state and party power, exhibits certain commonalities in relation to legitimacy, structure and function (Mawby, 2008). Depending on the nature of the transition away from state-socialism, these may continue to be evident in the subsequent police system. This chapter gives an account of socialist policing and, through an account of developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Poland, examines the impact of differences in transition upon police systems. A quick and clear transition in Poland can be contrasted with messier, conflict-affected transitions in post-Yugoslav Bosnia and post-Soviet Georgia, to show the importance of breakage as a mode of transitional change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Handbook of Global Policing
EditorsBen Bradford, Beatrice Jauregui, Loader Ian, Jonny Steinberg
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Chapter19
Pages320-336
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781473957923
ISBN (Print)9781473906426
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2016

Keywords

  • police
  • post-communism
  • reform
  • transition
  • power
  • legitimacy

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