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Institutional Pressures and Isomorphism: The Impact on Intelligence-Led Policing Adoption

NCJ Number
Police Quarterly Volume: 19 Issue: 4 Dated: 2016 Pages: 435-460
Date Published
26 pages
Since previous research employing an institutional theoretical framework posits environmental factors play an integral role in the adoption of police practices, the current study applied this framework in examining the adoption of intelligence-led policing (ILP).
Data from a purposive sample of national intelligence personnel from 254 agencies were used to develop both a measurement and structural model to explain ILP adoption. Weighted least squares estimation was used through an asymptotic distribution free function to estimate the measurement and structural equation models. Models exhibited good fit indices, and institutional pressures, among others, had a significant and positive effect on ILP adoption. Findings support the role of institutional pressures in the diffusion of police practice. Implications for future research and policy are discussed. (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2016