Shifts in criminality enabled by the globalised world are creating significant challenges for security in nation states. As crime and terrorism cross borders, so too must criminal justice strategies. The necessity of developing a transnational approach to policing, and the major political implications that go alongside, are at the front of the agenda in criminological debate.
Considering law enforcement beyond the boundaries of the nation state, Global Policing examines the forms it takes in contemporary society and the trajectory of its future development. The text explores:
" the emergence of a 'new security agenda' focused on serious organised crime and terrorism and how this is driving a transformation in all spheres of policing
" the blurring of boundaries between police, military, secret intelligence and other 'security sector' agencies
" the restructuring of local policing so that it is 'globally aware', the creation of national policing agencies with a transnational reach, and the posting of international crime liaison officers around the world
" the creation of regional entities such as Europol and global organisations such as Interpol.
Written by two of the leading experts in the field internationally, Global Policing considers the effectiveness, legitimacy and accountability of transnational policing in a lively and accessible style. With its exploration of cutting-edge theoretical debates brought to life with case studies and examples, the book is essential reading for students and academics in criminology, criminal justice, policing and international relations.
This book is a massively impressive intellectual achievement, by two authors whose earlier work has established them as leading experts on globalisation's impact on policing. Compact, clear, readable yet scholarly, this book brings to fruition their extensive empirical research projects on transnational policing in a highly informative, empirically grounded, sophisticated theoretical synthesis. It is a must-read for anyone in the policing field, around the globe.
-- Robert Reiner
This concise, accessible and clear analysis of the changing relations between police and citizens in a global age is both innovative in its approach and a superb teaching text. Global Policing will serve for many years as the main reference work in the field. -- Katja Franko Aas
This short book certainly takes issue with several comfortable assumptions and whets the appetite for more discussion on the topic. I foresee several doctoral studies being born from this embryonic volume. -- The Criminal Lawyer Journal
Written in a very accessible style, (the discussion regarding Policing and the Social Contract in Chapter 1 is one of the most succinct yet informative pieces I have read on what can be a very complex matter) and from authors with established pedigree within the field, this book will fill in many gaps for readers in this topic, whether they are academics, students, or police practitioners. Despite being a relatively slim volume for a topic of this magnitude (180 pages in total, including indexes etc.), I found it to be both informative and thought provoking throughout... This book is a very useful addition to any police library, not just to enlighten people about what happens at a global level, but how this influences and is, in turn influenced by, policing at the local level. -- Prof. Colin Rogers
Global Policing is a massively impressive academic achievement...It is right at the forefront of, and is one of the most important developments in, work on policing. This book is very informative, empirically grounded, and brings all this to bear in a sophisticated, theoretical analysis.
-- Robert Reiner
This outstanding study emphasizes how global policing represents a vast web of power within which coercion and surveillance are conducted by policing agents, who not only operate with increasing global mobility, but who are also connected by technology, complex institutional links and shared subcultural values. In Global Policing, Bowling and Sheptycki have made an invaluable contribution to debates of policing, as well as to those of global governance. With wide interdisciplinary relevance, this book will lend itself to both the researcher and the student. -- Conor O'Reilly