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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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Introduction: Defence of Specific Order and of General Order

Introduction: Defence of Specific Order and of General Order

(p.147) Introduction: Defence of Specific Order and of General Order
In Thrall to Political Change

Malcolm Anderson

Oxford University Press

This section of the book examines the role of the police and gendarmerie as guardians of two types of order in France: specific order and general order. More specifically, it considers the relationship between the police and the judiciary, with emphasis on public order and criminal law enforcement. It also discusses the factors that affect the work and modes of action of the police and gendarmerie, including the police’s relations with the military, paramilitary policing, and police involvement in questions of national security. Finally, corporatism and the political outlook of police officials and gendarmes are explored, along with the internal politics of the ‘forces of order’ and the Republican principle of equality.

Keywords:   police, gendarmerie, France, specific order, general order, judiciary, public order, law enforcement, military, paramilitary policing

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