Abstracts: April 27th, 2004

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