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Policing Scandinavia

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R Hauge
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251 pages
This series of essays presents a sample of police research in Scandinavian countries that deals with such topics as police practices under varying social and political conditions, police treatment of suspects, police organizational development, and police work adjustment.
The first paper is a comparative analysis of crime control policy in the Scandinavian countries, and it supports the thesis that the level of repression in capitalistic countries is determined by the level of manifest political conflict and the balance of power between the different classes. The second study examines the actors, interests, and strategies involved in the strengthening of the power of Norway's police, followed by a paper that examines the work of the police in Aarhus, Denmark, with particular attention to a comparison of proactive (police-initiated) and reactive (citizen-initiated) police activities. Another study examines the 1976 police strike in Finland and shows that it did not result in any significant breakdown in crime control and public order. Police legal limitations bearing upon the treatment of suspects in Scandinavian countries are described in another essay, and police adherence to these legal parameters is assessed. Other studies focus on (1) patterns of violent criminality and social control during Stockholm's urbanization, (2) police attitudes toward gypsies in Finland, (3) the work adjustment of Swedish police officers over a 6-year period, and (4) police responses to labor and social conflicts. References and appropriate tabular data accompany each study. For individual entries, see NCJ 85879-87.