Transnational Police Building: critical lessons from Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands

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2007

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Goldsmith, Andrew
Dinnen, Sinclair

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Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

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In this paper we begin by defining and examining the concept of police building. Its historical precedents and contemporary forms are briefly reviewed, showing a variety of motives and agendas for this kind of institution building. We argue that police building has been a relatively neglected dimension of nation- and state-building exercises, despite its importance to functions of pacification and restoration of law and order. The emerging literature on international police reform and capacity building tends to adopt a narrow institutionalist and universalistic approach that does not take sufficient account of the politics of police building. This politics is multilayered and varies from the formal to the informal. Using two case studies focusing on events in 2006 in Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands, the reasons for the fragility of many current police-building projects are considered. In both cases, we argue, police capacity builders paid insufficient attention to the political architecture and milieu of public safety.

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Keywords: capacity building; national security; police force; political discourse; safety; state building; Asia; Eurasia; Lesser Sunda Islands; Malay Archipelago; Melanesia; Pacific islands; Pacific Ocean; Solomon Islands [(ISG) Melanesia]; Southeast Asia; Sunda Is

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Third World Quarterly

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Journal article

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10.1080/01436590701507479

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2037-12-31