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Urban change and policing: mass private property re-considered

Jones, Trevor and Newburn, Tim (1999) Urban change and policing: mass private property re-considered. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 7 (2). pp. 225-244. ISSN 0928-1371

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Identification Number: 10.1023/A:1008757411970


This article examines a key explanation for the growth of private policing in North America and Western Europe - the influential ‘mass private property’ thesis (Shearing and Stenning 1981). The discussion of private policing in Western Europe still tends to be heavily influenced by theories developed in the North American context, theories which may be problematic in the contrasting legal, social and economic contexts of Western European nations. The development of more ‘Eurocentric’ theories has to date been inhibited by the relative paucity of empirical data on the rise of private policing in European countries. Recent research in Britain (Jones and Newburn 1998b) has begun to address this problem, and to map out some important contrasts with the North American experience. By considering these contrasts, it is possible to identify some key areas for future research on private policing in European countries and thus provide a more contextually-grounded series of explanations for what is happening to policing.

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Additional Information: © 1999 Springer
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2015 14:27
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:34

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