Police Abuse in Contemporary Democracies

  • Michelle D. Bonner
  • Guillermina Seri
  • Mary Rose Kubal
  • Michael Kempa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Michelle D. Bonner, Michael Kempa, Mary Rose Kubal, Guillermina Seri
    Pages 1-27
  3. Citizenship

  4. Accountability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Christian Davenport, Rose McDermott, David Armstrong
      Pages 165-192
  5. Socioeconomic (In)Equality

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 257-274

About this book


This volume offers a much-needed analysis of police abuse and its implications for our understanding of democracy. Sometimes referred to as police violence or police repression, police abuse occurs in all democracies. It is not an exception or a stage of democratization. It is, this volume argues, a structural and conceptual dimension of extant democracies. The book draws our attention to how including the study of policing into our analyses strengthens our understanding of democracy, including the persistence of hybrid democracy and the decline of democracy. To this end, the book examines three key dimensions of democracy: citizenship, accountability, and socioeconomic (in)equality. Drawing from political theory, comparative politics, and political economy, the book explores cases from France, the US, India, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Brazil, and Canada. The book reveals how integrating police abuse can contribute to a more robust study of democracy and government in general.

Michelle D. Bonner is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria, Canada.

Guillermina Seri is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Union College, USA.

Mary Rose Kubal is Associate Professor of Political Science at St. Bonaventure University, USA. 

Michael Kempa is Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa, Canada.


Police Police abuse Democracy Citizenship Accountability Inequality United States France South Africa Chile Quebec Argentina India Brazil

Editors and affiliations

  • Michelle D. Bonner
    • 1
  • Guillermina Seri
    • 2
  • Mary Rose Kubal
    • 3
  • Michael Kempa
    • 4
  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Union CollegeSchenectadyUSA
  3. 3.St. Bonaventure UniversitySt. BonaventureUSA
  4. 4.University of OttawaOttawaCanada

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