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Journal cover: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

ISSN: 1363-951X
Previously published as: Police Studies: Intnl Review of Police Development
Incorporates: American Journal of Police

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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New public management: A strategy for democratic police reform in transitioning and developing countries


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Title:New public management: A strategy for democratic police reform in transitioning and developing countries
Author(s):Garth den Heyer, (Police Foundation, Washington, DC, USA)
Citation:Garth den Heyer, (2011) "New public management: A strategy for democratic police reform in transitioning and developing countries", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 34 Iss: 3, pp.419 - 433
Keywords:New public management, Police reform, Policing, Public administration
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/13639511111157492 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of new public management (NPM) as a major strategy for democratic police reform in transitioning, developing and post-conflict nations.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews the literature and history of the use of NPM in the public sector and policing in Western nations and considers its use in programs of police reform.

Findings – The review identifies that NPM can be used as a strategy in police reform and is able to be used in conjunction with policing approaches such as community-oriented policing. However, the adoption of NPM must be culturally specific and implemented within local capability constraints.

Practical implications – Police reform, transparency and accountability are an important concern for all post-conflict and transitioning police agencies; therefore, the findings of this research are useful for implementation or planning of police reform and restructuring programs.

Originality/value – With its focus on police management accountability in post-conflict or transitioning nations, this article expands research on strategies of democratic police reform and capacity development.



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