International Police Cooperation and Management: A Theoretical Typology of Structure, Organization, Practice, and Adaptive Process Within Dynamic Social Systems

Daniel C. Dahlgren, Kent State University, Stark Campus
Maximilian Edelbacher, Federal Police of Austria, Vienna

International police cooperation and organizational development has occupied the minds and time of comparative criminal justice researchers, as they have attempted to identify salient characteristics, operational procedures, and organizational structures that could possibly lend themselves to an overarching static policing theory that is not bound in culture. These attempts have identified complicating issues (in the guise of short and long term pressures) confronting every policing agency, particularly those seeking international cooperative arrangements. The purpose of this paper is to suggest that such an overarching theory can be posited, but it must simultaneously be both dynamic (responsive to cultural pressures), and bound in no single culture but applicable to all. Such a theory would: postulate characteristics of ideal policing practice, identify both short and long term factors that affect this ideal policing approach, and lastly consider implicxations for measurement and practical development.

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Updated 05/20/2006