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Security in Post-Conflict Africa

The Role of Nonstate Policing, 1st Edition

By Bruce Baker

CRC Press

215 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Description

Policing is undergoing rapid change in Africa as a result of democratization, the commercialization of security, conflicts that disrupt policing services, and peace negotiations among former adversaries. These factors combined with the inability of Africa’s state police to provide adequate protection have resulted in the continuing popularity of various forms of nonstate policing. Based on six years of field work, Professor Bruce Baker presents his findings on eight African countries in Security in Post Conflict Africa: The Role of Nonstate Policing.

How well does nonstate policing work?

Professor Baker’s research, gathered through interviews, observations, and focus groups, examines the complex types of law enforcement and crime prevention systems that have developed during times of political and social instability. He explores the concept of nonstate policing, explains why it dominates African security provision, describes the services provided, measures the levels of local support, and discusses issues of accountability. He examines the potential hazards of working with nonstate police and suggests ways to enhance these systems and to establish partnerships with the state police for the benefit of the citizens.

Are collaborative efforts the key to security?

Challenging prevailing assumptions in academic and policy circles about nonstate policing, this groundbreaking work provides insight into the optimum security model, whereby success is determined by the quality and efficacy of the security received by the people, regardless of who delivers that service.

The author maintains a related website with supplemental information.

Table of Contents

Africa and the Post-Conflict Security Environment

Defining Terms

Conceptual Framework and Argument of the Book

The Post-Conflict Environment

Nonstate Policing Explained

Introduction

Characterizing Nonstate Policing

The Reasons for Their Dominance

Changes in the Nonstate Security Sector Since 1990

Conclusion

Policing the City: Neighborhood and Customary Responses

The City Context

The Post-Conflict City

Crime in the City

Living with Crime in the City

Mob Justice

Anticrime Groups

Customary Groups

Discussion

Policing the City: Community Police Forums and Local Government Responses

Introduction

Community Police Forums

Local Government Security Structures

Discussion

Policing the Village

Introduction

The Rural Context

Crime

Customary Structures

Local Government Responses

Rural Community Policing

Restorative Justice Committees and Legal Aid NGOs

Anti-Cattle-Rustling Groups

Discussion

Policing the Workplace

Introduction

Market Traders’ Associations

Drivers’ Associations

Commercial Security Companies

Discussion

Policing Women

Gendered Patterns of Crime

Domestic Violence

Sexual Abuse and Rape

Nonstate Police Responses to Gender Discrimination

Nonstate Police Responses to Domestic Violence

Nonstate Police Responses to Sexual Violence

Discussion

Fitting Nonstate Policing Into Security Reform

Introduction

State Building

Hybrid Governance

Multilayered Policing Governance

The Value of Nonstate Policing to SSR

The Implications of a Multilayered Policing Governance

The Unanswered Questions

Bibliography

Index

About the Series

Advances in Police Theory and Practice

Presenting volumes that focus on the nexus between research and practice, the Advances in Police Theory and Practice series is geared toward those practitioners and academics seeking to implement the latest innovations in policing from across the world. This series draws from an international community of experts who examine who the police are, what they do, and how they maintain order, administer laws, and serve their communities.

The series eeditor encourages the contribution of works coauthored by police practitioners and researchers. Proposals for contributions to the series may be submitted to the series editor Dilip Das at dilipkd@aol.com.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS073000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Commerce
COM053000
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW026000
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science