Maguire, E.R. and Uchida, C.D. (2007). “Explaining Police Organizations.” Pp. 93-119 in Criminal Justice Theory: Explaining the Nature and Behavior of Criminal Justice, edited by D.E. Duffee and E.R. Maguire. New York: Routledge.


A long tradition of criminal justice research has pointed out the tremendous variations in police departments, including their sizes, structures, styles, and receptiveness to innovation. This chapter examines the factors thought to be responsible for these departmental variations in policing. The chapter concludes that our current understanding of departmental variations in policing can benefit from a more incremental process of building and testing theories.

Year: 2007
Language: English
Type: Book chapter
Topic: Policing, Organization theory
Methodologies: Other