• Part of
    Ubiquity Network logo

    Read Chapter
  • No readable formats available
  • Police Departments as Institutionalized Organizations

    Robert E. Worden, Sarah J. McLean

    Chapter from the book: Worden R. & McLean S. 2017. Mirage of Police Reform: Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy.

     Download

    This chapter sketches a view of police departments from the perspective of institutional theory, explaining what it means for an organization to be institutionalized and the implications of institutionalization for the “decoupling” or “loose coupling” of organizational structures and day-to-day work practices. The chapter also describes the contemporary institutional environment of policing in the United States, including a set of reforms—community policing, public accountability mechanisms, and Compstat—that in many agencies has been superimposed on existing structures, in spite of their incompatibilities with the technical core of policing, with the existing bureaucratic organization, and/or with one another. The institutional environments of the two study departments, which included all of these features, are also described. The recent histories of the departments stand in contrast, in that the Syracuse Police Department suffered no extraordinary challenges, while the Schenectady Police Department suffered a crisis of legitimacy following a string of scandals and a Department of Justice investigation into a “pattern or practice” of civil rights violations.

    Chapter Metrics:

    How to cite this chapter
    Worden R. & McLean S. 2017. Police Departments as Institutionalized Organizations. In: Worden R. & McLean S, Mirage of Police Reform. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.30.b
    License

    This chapter distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 license. Copyright is retained by the author(s)

    Peer Review Information

    This book has been peer reviewed. See our Peer Review Policies for more information.

    Additional Information

    Published on May 12, 2017

    DOI
    https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.30.b


    comments powered by Disqus