Jarrett Blaustein, Speaking truths to power: Policy ethnography and police reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina [Book Review]

Carrington, Kerry (2016) Jarrett Blaustein, Speaking truths to power: Policy ethnography and police reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina [Book Review]. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. (In Press)

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Where globalization has been a focus of criminological theorising it has been too readily assumed that northern trends (like neo-liberal punitiveness, community policing, etc.) have a reach across the globe. The neoliberal thesis on penality (Lacey, 2013) is a classic piece of metropolitan theorising, embedded most strongly in the work of Wacquant (2013). This thesis assumes the rest of the world simply followed United States punitive trends. It is mistaken, however, to conceive neoliberalism as a transnational political project of a uniform character (O'Malley, 2014; Sozzo 2015). This is why Jarrett Blaustein’s Speaking Truths to Power is so refreshing. His ethnographic study contrasts two case studies of liberal state-building and ‘policing for democracy’ in the territories of the former Yugoslavia, in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). In this post-conflict setting, transnational policing programs sponsored by the European Union and the international community involved rolling out top-down policy transfer from so-called ‘best practice’ policing models. The underpinning assumption was that ‘a “democratic” model of policing was necessary for re-establishing general order through BiH and for ultimately establishing and sustaining liberal democratic governing institutions’ (p. 58).

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ID Code: 98022
Item Type: Review
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: International Policing, Peace Building after conflict, Southern Criminology
DOI: 10.1177/0004865816661808
ISSN: 1837-9273
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 14 Aug 2016 23:00
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2016 23:00

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