Policing for Peace in Northern Ireland: Change, Conflict and Community Confidence

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The fundamental change in policing that began in 2001 was a critical part of the Northern Ireland peace process. Seventy years after its establishment the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) remained distrusted and unrepresentative of the Catholic – nationalist community. This book explores how policing changed and the significant contribution that overhaul made to the most successful conflict transformation process in recent decades. It looks at policing from an organizational perspective and focuses on leadership, strategy and culture as it traces the journey from RUC to PSNI. In this way it reflects the views of many key figures inside the organization and of key political decision makers outside of it. This book will be of tremendous interest to those seeking to explore the underlying dynamics of one of the most radical and challenging change processes in recent history and is a must read for anyone interested in the Northern Irish peace process.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Print)9780230291997
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2013

Bibliographical note

This work was reviewed in the British Journal of Criminology by Afghan Mulcachy (2014). Mulcachy commented "Murphy’s close and detailed analysis provides a nuanced account of important issues, and her work adds a valuable dimension to our understanding of the transition from RUC to PSNi. It will be of interest to researchers and policy-makers interested in the process of police reform in Northern ireland and internationally and in the internal dynamics of organizational change generally".doi:10.1093/bjc/azu071


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