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Great expectations? Assessing the creation of national police organisations in Scotland and the Netherlands.

Terpstra, Jan; Fyfe, Nick R.

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Jan Terpstra j.terpstra@jur.ru.nl



Abstract

Against a background of recent structural reforms to police organisations in northern and western Europe, this paper examines the experiences of Scotland and the Netherlands where national police forces were established in 2013. Taking a comparative perspective, an analysis of the police reform proposals is followed by a review of the arguments for reform, the challenges of implementation and the findings emerging from the evaluations of the police reforms in each country. The paper concludes by drawing out the contrast between the ‘great expectations’ of the two police reforms articulated by the governments and the realities of bringing about rapid and large-scale organisational change, arguing that institutionalist perspectives on police reform have much to offer in making sense of the challenges of the police reform process.

Citation

TERPSTRA, J. and FYFE, N.R. 2019. Great expectations? Assessing the creation of national police organisations in Scotland and the Netherlands. International journal of police science and management [online], 21(2), pages 101-107. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/1461355719842310

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 31, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 16, 2019
Publication Date Jun 30, 2019
Deposit Date Dec 10, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 10, 2020
Journal International journal of police science and management
Print ISSN 1461-3557
Electronic ISSN 1478-1603
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 2
Pages 101-107
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1461355719842310
Keywords Police; Police reform; Scotland; Netherlands; Evaluation
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1001095

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