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John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199266573.001.0001

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The Politics of Policing Reform in Northern Ireland

The Politics of Policing Reform in Northern Ireland

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(p.371) 13 The Politics of Policing Reform in Northern Ireland
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The Northern Ireland Conflict
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John McGarry (Contributor Webpage)

Brendan O'Leary (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199266573.003.0013

This chapter builds on the arguments presented in John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary, Policing Northern Ireland: Proposals for a New Start (Belfast: Blackstaff 1999), arguments that were widely seen as influencing the findings of the Independent Commission on Policing (the Patten Commission). The chapter analyses the Commission's report and the controversy surrounding its implementation by Secretary of State Peter Mandleson. It discusses the relationship between the struggle over police reform and the stalemate in Northern Ireland's political institutions, and argues that the successful completion of policing reform is essential to the Agreement's consolidation.

Keywords:   RUC, policing, policing reform, Patten Commission, accountable, impartial, representative, control

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