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The right to unionise, the right to bargain, and the right to democratic policing


Marks, M and Fleming, J, The right to unionise, the right to bargain, and the right to democratic policing, American Academy of Political and Social Science. Annals, 605, (1) pp. 178-199. ISSN 0002-7162 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2006 American Academy of Political and Social Science.

DOI: doi:10.1177/0002716206287181


This (normative) article explores the importance of police unions in the quest for democratic policing. The authors argue that if we are to expect police to behave democratically, it is important for police themselves to experience democratic engagement within the organizations in which they work. That is, if police are expected to defend democracy, they should not be denied basic emocratic rights such as the right to collective bargaining and the rights such as freedom of association. The authors contend that police unions, through networking with other social justice groupings and through encouraging democratic practice, constitute a real forum for the promotion of democratic policing. For this potential to be reached, however, police unions need to identify with broader labor movement trends toward community unionism.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:police labor rights, community unionism, democratic policing
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Fleming, J (Professor Jenny Fleming)
ID Code:44935
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2007-06-27
Last Modified:2012-03-05

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