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Bureaucracy, Contracts and Networks:The Unholy Trinity and the Police


Fleming, J and Rhodes, RAW, Bureaucracy, Contracts and Networks:The Unholy Trinity and the Police, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 38, (2) pp. 192-205. ISSN 0004-8658 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1375/acri.38.2.192


Over the past thirty years, police services in the UK and Australia have been subjected to a series of demands for change and reform. This article describes these reforms as a shift from command and control bureaucracy through markets to networks and argues that constant reform is a result of the unintended consequences of change. Many of these unintended consequences stem from the limitations and incompatibility of each of these governing structures.We show that the conflicts between the core ideas that distinguish each governing structure create dilemmas that render all reforms continget.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Public services policy advice and analysis
UTAS Author:Fleming, J (Professor Jenny Fleming)
UTAS Author:Rhodes, RAW (Professor Rod Rhodes)
ID Code:44916
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:36
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2007-06-27
Last Modified:2012-01-18

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