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In Thrall to Political ChangePolice and Gendarmerie in France$
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Malcolm Anderson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693641.001.0001

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(p.390) 16 Accountability
In Thrall to Political Change

Malcolm Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the issue of accountability of the police and gendarmerie in France since the beginning of the Third Republic. It begins with an overview of four types of accountability: managerial accountability, administrative accountability, legal accountability, and public accountability. It then discusses the effectiveness of systems of accountability in curbing police abuses and whether they provide effective remedies, along with the role of inspectorates in investigating misbehaviour by police officials. It also looks at the national commission for professional standards in security (CNDS), an external authority charged with investigating complaints against the police. The chapter concludes by assessing the police’s use of new technologies and their implications for accountability.

Keywords:   accountability, police, gendarmerie, France, Third Republic, managerial accountability, administrative accountability, legal accountability, public accountability, inspectorates

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