Policing Afghanistan: The Politics of the Lame Leviathan

Hardcover | January 15, 2013

byAntonio Giustozzi, Mohammed Isaqzadeh

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Policing is not a popular topic of serious scholarly research. Although a vast literature on policing exists, it is mostly technical in nature and only rarely analytical. Even the police forces of Western Europe and North America have rarely been investigated in depth as far as their historyand functioning goes. In particular, the politics of policing, its political economy, have been largely neglected.This book is a rare in-depth study of a police force in a developing country which is also undergoing a bitter internal conflict, further to the post-2001 external intervention in Afghanistan. Policing Afghanistan discusses the evolution of the country's police through its various stages but focusesin particular on the last decade.The authors review the ongoing debates over the future shape of Afghanistan's police, but seek primarily to analyse the way Afghanistan is policed relative to its existing social, political and international constraints. Giustozzi and Isaqzadeh have observed the development of the police force fromits early stages, starting from what was a rudimentary, militia-based, police force prior to 2001. This is a book about how the police really work in such a difficult environment, the nuts and bolts approach, based on first hand research, as opposed to a description of how the Afghan police areinstitutionally organised and regulated.

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Policing is not a popular topic of serious scholarly research. Although a vast literature on policing exists, it is mostly technical in nature and only rarely analytical. Even the police forces of Western Europe and North America have rarely been investigated in depth as far as their historyand functioning goes. In particular, the poli...

Antonio Giustozzi is a Research Fellow at IDEAS, London School of Economics. Mohammed Isaqzadeh holds an MPhil from Oxford University and teaches at the American University in Kabul. He is co-author of a paper on Afghanistan's paramilitary policing.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 5.71 × 8.58 × 0.79 inPublished:January 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199327947

ISBN - 13:9780199327942

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