n SA Crime Quarterly - Police reform from the bottom up: officers and their unions as agents of change, Monique Marks and David Sklansky (Eds.) : book review




The title of this volume, , is bound to create expectations amongst those concerned with the challenges confronting institutional change in public police agencies. It is an interest shared by police scholars and practitioners across the usual North-South divide. Few police agencies today can ignore the imperatives for ongoing adaptive 'reforms' in response to changes in the external environment. The notion of reform of course means different things in different contexts. For example, the demand for large scale restructuring of the police (rather than bits of reform here and there) is all the more pressing in the context of state overhaul triggered by processes of democratisation, as in post-conflict settings.


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