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Experiencing organizational change during an era of reform: Police Scotland, narratives of localism, and perceptions from the ‘frontline’.

Fyfe, Nicholas R; Anderson, Simon; Bland, Nick; Goulding, Amy; Mitchell, James; Reid, Susan

Authors

Simon Anderson

Nick Bland

Amy Goulding

James Mitchell

Susan Reid



Abstract

In 2011, the Scottish Government took the decision to create a single, national police force, reconfiguring a structure of regional police forces, which had prevailed since the 19th century. Despite a strong narrative around localism in the legislation establishing Police Scotland, the new force that was established in 2013 quickly found itself at the centre of a debate around an emerging ‘crisis of localism’ as critics expressed concerns over the centralization of decision-making and a lack of sensitivity to local contexts. Drawing on qualitative research carried out in four communities across Scotland in 2016, the analysis presented in this article examines the experience of organizational change from the perspective of officers in local policing teams and from local stakeholders. The analysis is structured around the strategic aims of reform of improved local service delivery, more equal local access to specialist expertise, and enhanced connections with local communities. The article highlights the sense of exclusion from the decision-making surrounding the organizational changes associated with the implementation of reform experienced by local, rank-and-file officers.

Citation

FYFE, N.R., ANDERSON, S., BLAND, N., GOULDING, A., MITCHELL, J. and REID, S. 2021. Experiencing organizational change during an era of reform: Police Scotland, narratives of localism, and perceptions from the 'frontline'. Policing [online], 15(1), pages 263-276. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pay052

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 6, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 6, 2018
Publication Date Mar 31, 2021
Deposit Date Feb 26, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 26, 2021
Journal Policing: a journal of policy and practice
Print ISSN 1752-4512
Electronic ISSN 1752-4520
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 1
Pages 263-276
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pay052
Keywords National police force; Localism; Centralization; Decision-making; Local policing; Implementation
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1017309

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