Policing and the Youth Question: Against Managerialism



Policing in Britain is currently in a state of considerable flux. Over the last few years, the questions of democracy that dominated public discourse about policing in the 1980s have evaporated. The Conservative government’s ‘public sector revolution’ — launched by the Thatcher administration back in 1979 — has finally caught up with the police. The issue of ‘who controls the police?’ has been superseded by concerns about effectiveness, quality of service and even privatisation. The debate on the futures of British policing has, in short, taken a managerialist turn.


Young People Police Officer Public Space Police Work Police Culture 
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© Ian Loader 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CriminologyKeele UniversityStaffordshireUK

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