The Privatization of Policing
In his critique of privatization, Peter K. Manning focuses on issues of free market theory and management practices such as Total Quality Management that he believes are harmful to the traditional police mandate to control crime. He questions the appropriateness of strategies that emphasize service to consumers. For Brian Forst, the free market paradigm and economic incentives do not carry the same stigma. He argues that neither public nor private policing should have a monopoly on law enforcement activities, and he predicts an even more varied mix of public and private police activities than are currently available.
Following the two main sections of the book, each author assesses the other's contribution, reflecting on not just their points of departure but also on the areas in which they agree. The breadth and depth of the discussion makes this book essential for both scholars and practitioners interested in policing generally and privatization in particular.
About the Authors
Peter. K. Manning is Elmer V. H. and Eileen M. Brooks Trustee Professor in the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. His books include Police Work: The Social Organization of Policing and Organizational Communication and Symbolic Communication: Signifying Calls and the Police Response.
"Forst and Manning treat this issue with insight and intellect, and have provided mandatory reading for both officials and academicians."—James J. Fyfe, professor of criminal justice, Temple University
"An informed dialogue over a key issue."—Wesley G. Skogan, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
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