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Power and the Police Chief
An Institutional and Organizational Analysis



May 1993 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book discusses the role of American police chiefs in contemporary urban settings, using institutional theory as a framework for analysis. From this perspective, the authors review long-term tendencies toward the rationalist modernization of American police agencies. Ongoing `professionalization', unionization and bureaucratization of police work are major themes in the transformations occurring in the modern role of a police chief. The internal and external conflicts and power struggles of police organization are highlighted and the authors argue that the fundamental definition of police work is the root of this conflict. It is necessary for policing paradigms to move away from rule-based, law-enforcement models towards service alternatives that emphasize the situational imperatives and discretionary essence of police work.
 
PART ONE: INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE IN POLICING
 
Introduction
 
The Institutional Perspective
 
The Meaning of Modernity
 
Modernization of the American Police
 
Politics and the Police Chief
 
The Police Chief as Manager
 
The Institutional Context of Police Organization
 
The Institutional Position of the Police Administrator
 
Chiefs and the Rank and File
 
Shaping Police Roles
 
The American Culture of Policing
Content and Conflict

 
 
Summary and Conclusion
 
PART TWO: INTO THE POLITICAL ARENA: ORGANIZATIONAL ANALYSIS
 
Introduction
 
The Nature of Power in Organizations
 
The Political Arena
 
Conflict, Management Styles, and the Dynamics of Power
 
Power and Leadership
The Police Chief as Change Agent

 
 
The Police Chief and the Culture of Policing
 
Changing the Culture of Policing
 
Leadership in the New Paradigm of Problem-Oriented Policing
 
Modern Police Roles

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ISBN: 9780803946552
£45.99