Policing for Securitisation

William de Lint, University of Windsor
Sirpa Virta, University of Tampere

In this paper we analyse the business management model in police organisations. We argue that it is an instance of securitisation, or the process by which security is detached from the political. We begin by observing how we have come to understand politics in contradistinction to expertise, bureaucracy, and technology. We also review how power may be seen as having 'prohibitive' and 'productive' dimensions in a connection of capacities, actions and consequences in programmes, technologies and rationalities. After examining police partnerships, we begin to trace how a policing beyond securitisation needs to redress the relation between minor and major politics.

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