Addressing the Problem

Inventing the Peer Review Panel
  • Hans Toch
  • J. Douglas Grant


Few ideas are as much of a challenge to Taylorism (see Chapter 3) as the notion of worker peer review.1 The group that applied this startling concept to the police began as a free-floating late-evening seminar. There was bemused talk of the possibility that unhappy experiences at home could affect a man’s equanimity on the street. There was talk of the dangers of being seduced into “mob psychology” in a crowd situation. There was talk of “thresholds” of explosiveness or emotionality. The bulk of the talk, however, focused on the likelihood that young officers could enter the arena of police work with undesirable psychological dispositions, insufficiently corrected by training and experience.


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  1. 1.
    Peer review means that workers quality control their own (or each other’s) work. More broadly defined, the concept implies that workers can take over supervisory functions—such as monitoring and controlling performance—by having peer groups review the work of their members.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Toch
    • 1
  • J. Douglas Grant
    • 2
  1. 1.State University of New YorkAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Social Action Research CenterNicasioUSA

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