Critical Perspectives on Police Leadership

This is a critical analysis of our understanding of police leadership and a bold new conceptualisation of the subject. Drawing on criminology, sociology and leadership studies and critical theory, leading authors Davis and Silvestri provide a critique of police leadership as a product of social, institutional and historical processes.

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In a critical analysis of conventional understanding, leading authors Claire Davis and Marisa Silvestri present bold new conceptualisations of police leadership.

Drawing on empirical research in criminology, sociology and leadership studies, they present a thoughtful critique of the nature and practice of leadership in contemporary policing. The book:

- Critically explores the identities of leaders and their positions within wider organisational structures and processes;

- Provides a critique of contemporary reform to police professionalisation, training and education, equalities and diversity by situating these developments within wider historical, social and political contexts;

- Draws on critical theory to offer an alternative, challenging and novel interpretation of police leaders as not simply the result of individual experiences and attitudes, but of the social, institutional and historical processes of policing and the cultures that exist within it;

- Points towards future directions and a reimagining of leadership in the police.

Accessible and stimulating, this is an essential text for policing students and valuable reading for current leaders and those interested in policing, criminology and leadership.

Claire Davis is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Leicester. Her research interests lie in the sociology of policing and the practice and experience of leadership, power and authority in a policing context. She is an Associate Inspector for Leadership with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and the Book Review Editor for Policing and Society.

Marisa Silvestri is Reader in Criminology at the University of Kent. Her main research interests lie at the intersections of gender, crime, justice, policing. More specifically, her research focuses on the gendered dimensions of police leadership and the development of more complex readings of police organisational culture(s). She sits on the editorial board of Policing and Society and is an Executive Committee member of the British Society of Criminology.

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