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The challenges of change: exploring the dynamics of police reform in Scotland.

Fyfe, Nicholas R.

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Abstract

Despite a long tradition of pessimism regarding the scope for meaningful change in police practices, recent structural reforms to police organizations in several European countries suggest that significant change in policing is possible. Drawing on recent research into the establishment and consequences of a national police force in Scotland, this article uses instrumental, cultural and myth perspectives taken from organization theory to examine how change happened and with what effects. It highlights how police reform involves a complex interplay between the strategic aims of government, the cultural norms of police organizations and the importance of alignment with wider views about the nature of the public sector. The article concludes by identifying a set of wider lessons from the experience of organizational change in policing.

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FYFE, N.R. 2019. The challenges of change: exploring the dynamics of police reform in Scotland. International journal of police science and management [online], 21(4): change and continuity in the police, pages 196-205. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/1461355719889463

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 9, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 9, 2019
Publication Date Dec 31, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 26, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 26, 2021
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 4
Pages 196-205
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1461355719889463
Keywords Police reform; Organizational change
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1017305

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