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The Politicization of Police Stops in Europe

Public Issues and Police Reform

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  • Focusses on the social and political contexts of police stops
  • Stems from an EU COST Action research network on Police Stops
  • Pays particular attention to racial and ethnic profiling

Part of the book series: Palgrave's Critical Policing Studies (PCPS)

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About this book

This book examines  the timely issue of police stops as a public and political issue, focussing on the European states. Contrary to much other work it focuses on wider Europe and the social and political context in which the police practice of stopping citizens emerges, develops and can be curtailed. More specifically, the volume analyses public controversies about police stops, i.e. events in which conflicts emerge about how the performance of police stops is explained and justified.  This book stems from an EU COST Action research network on Police Stops which engages academics and practitioners from 29 countries. It appeals to those in law, criminology and policing studies with some potential for wider interest in cultural studies/history and public policy/politics, as well as to practitioners in police scrutiny, oversight and other professional bodies and in training organisations.


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Police Stops, Protest and the Democratisation Process

  2. Ethnic Profiling in European Countries

  3. Political Debates, Limitation and Extensions of Police Powers

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Cesdip, Guyancourt, France

    Jacques de Maillard

  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

    Kristof Verfaillie

  • Management School, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

    Mike Rowe

About the editors

Jacques de Maillard is Professor of Political Science at the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin, France, and of the Cesdip (Centre for sociological research on penal institutions), an interdisciplinary research center specialised on criminal justice issues.

Kristof Verfaillie is Lecturer in Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. His current research focuses on the relationships between democracy, politics and crime control, focusing specifically on the effects of counterterrorism policies.

Mike Rowe is Lecturer in Public sector Management at the University of Liverpool UK, and Vice Chair of the EU COST Action on Police Stops. His recent research has been a long-term ethnographic study of police discretion and has recently published Police Street Powers and Criminal Justice with Geoff Pearson. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Politicization of Police Stops in Europe

  • Book Subtitle: Public Issues and Police Reform

  • Editors: Jacques de Maillard, Kristof Verfaillie, Mike Rowe

  • Series Title: Palgrave's Critical Policing Studies

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-35124-2Published: 12 March 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-35127-3Due: 12 April 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-35125-9Published: 11 March 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2730-535X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2730-5368

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXV, 343

  • Number of Illustrations: 12 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Crime Control and Security, Critical Criminology, Political Sociology, Political Science, Public Policy

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