By Annette Davies and Robyn Thomas.This paper presents empirical and theoretical analysis of the enactment of New Public Management (NPM) within the UK police service. It draws on material gathered in a two-year study and challenges traditional understandings of policing organization and identities. The paper examines the implications of this for policies that promote community orientated policing (COP) and increased inter-agency partnership. The paper argues that the promotion of a more progressive form of policing, based on community orientation and equality principles, may struggle to gain legitimacy within the current performance regime that legitimizes a competitive masculine subjectivity, with its emphasis on crime fighting.
Public Administration. Volume 81: Issue 4 ISSN: 0033-3298