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Critical Perspectives on Police Leadership

By Claire Davis and Marisa Silvestri

Published

11 Mar 2020

Page count

144 pages

Series

Key Themes in Policing

ISBN

978-1447349648

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Policy Press
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Published

11 Mar 2020

Page count

144 pages

Series

Key Themes in Policing

ISBN

978-1447349631

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
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Published

11 Mar 2020

Page count

144 pages

Series

Key Themes in Policing

ISBN

978-1447349662

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
£21.99 £17.59You save £4.40 (20%)
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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 context;

    - 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.

    Introduction

    The Contemporary Context of Police Leadership

    Conventional Leadership Theories

    Alternative Theories of Police Leadership

    Leadership and Police Culture(s)

    Leadership, Wellbeing and Resilience

    Conclusion and Future Directions