Detectives in the managerial iron cage? Evidence from English police investigation units

Steve Savage, J. de Maillard

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Abstract

This article questions the relationship between neo-managerial reforms, professional police and professional dynamics in investigatory police units of two British forces. Based on the analysis of neo-managerial reforms that have impacted upon the British police since the 90’s, it shows a stronger organisational integration based on a more detailed and tightened monitoring of activity and an internal accountability focused on numerical targets which redefine the conditions of professional activity. These reforms are the object of contradictory judgments: some officers consider that numerical targets, automatized monitoring and increased control are beneficial to police activity, whilst others see them as unnecessary constraints with perverse effects. Despite its ap–parent rigidity, this performance regime still allows professional adaptations that can operate within three logics: specialisation, management of temporality and different uses of quantitative indicators in team management.
Translated title of the contributionDetectives in the managerial iron cage? Evidence from English police investigation units
Original languageFrench
Article number0
Pages (from-to)0
Journal Sociologie du Travail
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2017

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