Policing in Africa

Hardcover | April 24, 2012

byDavid J. Francis

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This wide-ranging collection offers fresh insights into a critical factor in development and politics on the African continent. It has three primary objectives. First, it critically examines and illustrates the centrality of policing in transition societies in Africa. Secondly, it outlines and assesses the emergence and impact of the diversity of state and non-state policing agencies. Finally, it engages with the nature, scope, and diversity of international interventions for police capacity-building in countries emerging from war as part of security sector reform.

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This wide-ranging collection offers fresh insights into a critical factor in development and politics on the African continent. It has three primary objectives. First, it critically examines and illustrates the centrality of policing in transition societies in Africa. Secondly, it outlines and assesses the emergence and impact of the d...

DAVID J. FRANCIS is a professor of African Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Bradford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.56 × 5.68 × 0.74 inPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230339476

ISBN - 13:9780230339477

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PART I: Policing in Transition Societies in Africa * Introduction: Understanding Policing in Transition Societies in Africa - David J. Francis * Elusive Gains: Policing and Security Sector Reform in Liberia - Dorina Bekoe * A Force for Good? Police Reform in Post-War Sierra Leone - John M. Kabia * Policing Refugees in Fragile States: the Case of Kenya - Joy Maingi and Kenneth Omeje * From Repressive Policing to Community Policing in Uganda - Andrew Musiime * Policing the post-colony: Legal Pluralism, Security and Social Control - Mark Davidheiser and Niklas Hultin * PART II: International Police Reform Capacity Building Partnerships: Lessons from Other Regions * Guns, Violence and Fragile Stability: Policing in the Balkans - Suzette Grillot and Brooke Hammer * Cycles of Police Reform in Latin America - Fiona Macaulay

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'David J. Francis frames Policing in Africa within contemporary broad police sector reform in transition societies in Africa, with comparative contributions from the Balkans and Latin America. This is by far one of the most comprehensive studies of policing in Africa during what could be termed 'post-neoliberal' euphoria and its significant impacts on police organization and performance and police-community relations. Francis and his colleagues must be congratulated for putting Africa at the cutting edge of contemporary police studies. A must read for graduate and post-graduate students, researchers and scholars in the fields of sociology, politics, international relations, social movements, and legal pluralism. This book has food for thought, and is accessible and hugely relevant for policy makers and professionals dealing with police and security sector reforms, peace-keeping and conflict management professionals, and the general public.'—M.A. Mohamed Salih, chair, Politics of Development, and deputy rector for research at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands