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Race and Representative Bureaucracy in American Policing

Authors: Kennedy, B.A., Butz, A.M., Lajevardi, N., Nanes, M.J.

  • Applies passive and active representative bureaucracy theory to American police departments to examine incidences of police brutality and use of deadly force particularly against racial minorities
  • Presents a comprehensive Representation Index created from a large national dataset that measures the ratio of racial makeup of local police to the corresponding at-large population 
  • Examines variables such as unemployment rate, size of the minority population, city size, agency size, region, and minorities holding political office in relation to levels of passive representation across local police forces
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This book examines issues of race and policing through the lens of representative bureaucracy theory. According to representative bureaucracy theory, demographic correspondence between government employees and the local population can lead to more favorable outcomes for minority groups. It argues that police forces with higher minority composition will have more positive outcomes across measures such as fewer excessive force complaints and fewer fatal encounters with officers.  Additionally, the book asserts that more representative forces will demonstrate responsiveness and accountability by implementing policies such as citizen review boards for excessive force complaints. It does this by first providing a brief overview of issues surrounding race and policing in America, documenting racial representation occurring in local police forces nationwide, and exploring the potential causes and consequences of underrepresentation. It concludes by discussing the implications of our findings and offer potential policy remedies and solutions that local law enforcements can pursue in order to reduce minority underrepresentation and improve policing outcomes.

About the authors

Brandy Kennedy is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration in the Department of Government and Sociology at Georgia College and State University, USA. Her recent publications include articles in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and Administration and Society.  
Adam M. Butz is Assistant Professor in the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Long Beach, USA. His most recent publications include articles in Poverty & Public Policy, Evaluation Review, and the Journal of Policy Practice.
Nazita Lajevardi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Uppsala University, Sweden. Prior works cover voter identification laws, felon disenfranchisement laws, media coverage, and constituent communications.
Matthew Nanes is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, USA. His research has been published in Comparative Political Studies.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Race and Representative Bureaucracy in American Policing

    Kennedy, Brandy A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Unpacking the Foundations of Representative Bureaucracy Theory and American Policing

    Kennedy, Brandy A. (et al.)

    Pages 11-38

  • Passive Representation in American Policing: Trends and Changes, 1993–2013

    Kennedy, Brandy A. (et al.)

    Pages 39-60

  • Causes of Passive Representation in American Policing: Politics and Officer Selection

    Kennedy, Brandy A. (et al.)

    Pages 61-82

  • Active Representation in American Policing

    Kennedy, Brandy A. (et al.)

    Pages 83-110

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-53991-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-53990-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Race and Representative Bureaucracy in American Policing
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53991-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53991-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53990-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 127
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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