Policing World Society: Historical Foundations of International Police Cooperation

Paperback | July 5, 2004

byMathieu Deflem

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This book offers a sociological analysis of the history of international police cooperation in the period from the middle of the 19th century until the end of World War II. It is a detailed exploration of international cooperation strategies involving police institutions from the United Statesand Germany as well as other European countries. The study provides a rich empirical account of many dimensions in the history of international policing, including the role of police in the 19th-century national independence movement; the evolution from simple cooperation towards international criminal enforcement duties; international policingaspects of the outbreak of World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution; the early history of international police organizations, including Interpol; the international implications of the Nazification of the German police; and the rise on the international scene of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.To account for these historical transformations, this book develops an innovative theoretical model of bureaucratization based on the sociology of Max Weber and theories of globalization. It is argued that international police cooperation is enabled through a historical process of police agenciesgradually claiming and gaining a position of relative independence from the governments of their respective states. Furthermore it shows that international police cooperation relies on expert systems of knowledge on international crime, which police institutions across nations develop and share.Paradoxically, in spite of this spirit of cooperation, national concerns of participating forces remain paramount.

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This book offers a sociological analysis of the history of international police cooperation in the period from the middle of the 19th century until the end of World War II. It is a detailed exploration of international cooperation strategies involving police institutions from the United Statesand Germany as well as other European count...

Mathieu Deflem is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina, and previously helds positions at Purdue University and Kenyon College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:July 5, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199274711

ISBN - 13:9780199274710

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List of AbbreviationsIntroduction: Historical Foundations of International Police Cooperation1. The Rise of International Policing2. The Expansion of World Society3. Towards an International Criminal Police4. War and Revolution5. The Origins of Interpol6. Policing Across National Borders7. On the Road to War: The Control of World Policing8. Policing the Peace and the Restoration of World OrderConclusion: Patterns and Dynamics of International PolicingAppendix 1: A Chronology of International PolicingAppendix 2: A German-US Dialogue on Policing and Criminal JusticeAppendix 3: Archives and LibrariesBibliographyIndex

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`This is certainly a valuable contribution to the subject of world policing... This book should find a place in any police library.'Rob R. Jerrard, The Police Journal