Policing the Peace in Northern Ireland - Moran, Jon
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The book covers the fast-moving and controversial aspects of paramilitary crime, police reform and the supposed demobilization of paramilitaries in Northern Ireland. It examines the loyalist paramilitary feuds of the early 1990s, involving Johnny Adair, the Northern Bank robbery, the Provisional IRA ending its "war" and moving to control crime, the republicans agreeing to support policing and the restoration of a devolved parliament in 2007.
This timely and controversial book shows how crime, and the authorities' response to crime, became central to the peace process in Northern Ireland.At
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Produktbeschreibung
The book covers the fast-moving and controversial aspects of paramilitary crime, police reform and the supposed demobilization of paramilitaries in Northern Ireland. It examines the loyalist paramilitary feuds of the early 1990s, involving Johnny Adair, the Northern Bank robbery, the Provisional IRA ending its "war" and moving to control crime, the republicans agreeing to support policing and the restoration of a devolved parliament in 2007.
This timely and controversial book shows how crime, and the authorities' response to crime, became central to the peace process in Northern Ireland.At times, paramilitary activity threatened to destabilise the peace in Northern Ireland after 1998, but crime was central to maintaining capacity should the groups return to war. Over time, the reduction of crime was central to these groups' own attempts to reform and official judgements as to whether they were genuinely demobilising.The state's response to crime added controversy. Police reform produced the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the new Organised Crime Task Force signalled the importance of crime control, but the Assets Recovery Agency, supposedly the 'magic bullet' for organised crime, misfired. Law enforcement was also deeply affected by the British state's response to paramilitary crime. By 2007, peace was apparently secure and paramilitaries were 'de-criminalising', but this often chaotic process was marked with questions about the British state's adherence to the rule of law. Incorporating first-hand research in the PSNI, the book will be of interest to general readers and scholars of Irish Studies, criminology, and British and comparative politics.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Manchester University Press
  • Seitenzahl: 256
  • Erscheinungstermin: 1. Juli 2008
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 234mm x 156mm x 13mm
  • Gewicht: 395g
  • ISBN-13: 9780719074721
  • ISBN-10: 071907472X
  • Artikelnr.: 23305664
Autorenporträt
Jon Moran is Reader in Criminal Justice at the School of Legal Studies, University of Wolverhampton
Inhaltsangabe
List of tables Abbreviations Glossary Preface/acknowledgements 1. Politics
policing and crime as an issue in Northern Ireland after the peace process 2. The republican movement: politics
crime and transition 3. Loyalist paramilitaries: violence
crime and legitimacy 4. 'Ordinary decent' organised and volume crime 5. From RUC to PSNI. Police reform and modernisation 6. Policing serious and volume crime 7. Political policing? The Organised Crime Task Force and the Assets Recovery Agency 8. Counter terrorist policing 9. Conclusion Bibliography Interviews Index