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Police Unions in Australia: a History of the Present

Mark Finnane1
01 Jul 2000-Current Issues in Criminal Justice (University of Sydney Law School)-Vol. 12, Iss: 1, pp 5-19
TL;DR: In this paper, police unions in Australia: a history of the present are discussed and a discussion of the role of unions in criminal justice in Australia is presented. But this paper is limited to three categories:
Abstract: (2000). Police Unions in Australia: a History of the Present. Current Issues in Criminal Justice: Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 5-19.
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TL;DR: In this paper, a cross-sectional analysis of the police literature for the year 2002, highlighting the substantive categories of the literature as well as distribution of publication medium and methodological typology is presented.
Abstract: This review represents the third in an annual special feature in Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. It provides a cross‐sectional analysis of the police literature for the year 2002, highlighting the substantive categories of the literature as well as distribution of publication medium and methodological typology. In doing so, the authors provide a ‘snap shot’ of the current research trends in policing and state both the substantive and methodological research patterns of this specific field of criminology.

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TL;DR: The authors identified the existence of unionized and non-unionized sectors of policing as a normal feature of modernist industry and pointed out that in the current environment of labour relations, this formation may itself contribute to a new wave of businessoriented reforms affecting police associations themselves.
Abstract: There has been a convergence of private and public policing corporate sectors into a ‘police industry.’ In part, this process has involved the successful reshaping of public police management into a corporate executive, such that the private and public security sectors converge in various ways. Ironically the success of the transfer of business principles to the public police has revitalized police unions, giving rise to an assumption that in the face of their opposition, the transfer of business principles will stall and eventually fail. By contrast, we identify the existence of unionized and non‐unionized sectors of policing as a normal feature of modernist industry. By doing so, it appears that in the current environment of labour relations—ironically—this formation may itself contribute to a new wave of business‐oriented reforms affecting police associations themselves.

38 citations


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  • ...However, parallel examples can be found in other English-speaking countries such as Canada, the USA, and Australia (e.g., De Lint, 1998; Finnane, 2002; Kadleck, 2003)....

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  • ...…in many police forces around the world, police associations and unions have frequently been directly in confrontation with police managers over issues such as working conditions, pay, discipline, and promotions: the traditional concerns of the trade union movement (Finnane, 2002; Forcese, 1999)....

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors explore the concept of a rational sentencing structure for imposing internal police discipline that helps practitioners make more reasoned and consistent decisions when dispensing disciplined discharges.
Abstract: This article explores the concept of a rational sentencing structure for imposing internal police discipline that helps practitioners make more reasoned and consistent decisions when dispensing dis...

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  • ...…unions now occupy a central role in collective bargaining and the policy-making process, including the right to negotiate disciplinary practices (Bouza, 1985; Finnane, 2001; Jacobs, 1985; LaVan, 2007; Russell, 1975; Schachter, 1980; Walker, 1978, 2008; see Kliesmet, 1985 for an opposing view)....

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Book
13 Feb 1997
TL;DR: The authors examines the dynamics of change and resistance within a police organisation and captures the complexity and unpredictability of the change process, and proposes a new framework for understanding the inter-relationships between the structural conditions of police work, police cultural knowledge, and police practice.
Abstract: Police culture is often considered as both a cause of police deviance and an obstacle for police reform. In this case study of police racism and police reform in Australia, the author provides a critical assessment of police initiative in response to the problem of police/minorities relations. The book examines the dynamics of change and resistance within a police organisation and captures the complexity and unpredictability of the change process. It questions the utility of the traditional conception of police culture and proposes a new framework for understanding the inter-relationships between the structural conditions of police work, police cultural knowledge, and police practice. A highly original and valuable contribution to policing studies, this book is both empirically rich and theoretically informed.

420 citations

03 Jul 1989

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"Police Unions in Australia: a Histo..." refers result in this paper

  • ...It was a judgment consistent with the position taken by the Fitzgerald Report in Queensland which had in 1989 sought to define a line around legitimate union action in the industrial arena (Fitzgerald 1989:280, 287)....

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Book
01 Jan 1998

125 citations


"Police Unions in Australia: a Histo..." refers background in this paper

  • ...…interest to Australian scholars of criminal justice, labour history or industrial relations (Baker 1999; Bolen 1997; Brien 1996; Brown & Haldane 1998; Fleming 1991, 1995, 1997; Haldane 1986; Hogg & Brown 1998; James 1989, 1991; Johnston 1992; Lewis 1999; Swanton 1983; White & Richards 1992)....

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Book
01 Sep 1995

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"Police Unions in Australia: a Histo..." refers background in this paper

  • ...This followed not long after the Victorian Police Association had conducted an extraordinary protest campaign involving work to rule and other protests against the prosecution of officers resulting from the Beach Inquiry (Haldane 1986; Victorian Police Journal, 1976)....

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  • ...Yet, police unions and their history have been a subject of only limited interest to Australian scholars of criminal justice, labour history or industrial relations (Baker 1999; Bolen 1997; Brien 1996; Brown & Haldane 1998; Fleming 1991, 1995, 1997; Haldane 1986; Hogg & Brown 1998; James 1989, 1991; Johnston 1992; Lewis 1999; Swanton 1983; White & Richards 1992)....

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  • ...…interest to Australian scholars of criminal justice, labour history or industrial relations (Baker 1999; Bolen 1997; Brien 1996; Brown & Haldane 1998; Fleming 1991, 1995, 1997; Haldane 1986; Hogg & Brown 1998; James 1989, 1991; Johnston 1992; Lewis 1999; Swanton 1983; White & Richards 1992)....

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TL;DR: The history and structure of the police federation is described in this article, where the authors present a typology of police unionism and discuss its internal and external structures and goals. But they do not consider the role of women in the federation.
Abstract: Preface Acknowledgements Part I. Introduction and Historical Background: 1. Introduction to the study of police unionism 2. The history and structure of the Police Federation Part II. Police Attitudes to Unionism: 3. Policemen's evaluation of the Federation 4. Evaluation of specific Federation activities 5. Policemen's desire for unionism 6. The goals an institutionalisation of representation 7. the Federationists and the men 8. Attitudes to unionism outside the force Part III. The Police as an Occupation: 9. The background and initial orientation of policemen 10. Orientation to work 11. Police and outside society 12. Understanding police unionism a typology Part IV. Conclusions: 13. Conclusions and implications of the study Postscript and appendices Bibliography Index.

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"Police Unions in Australia: a Histo..." refers background in this paper

  • ...As in England by the 1970s when Reiner noted that they were well established as spokespeople for the police viewpoint (Reiner 1978:268), the police unions in Australia developed in the post-war period as a profitable source of information and opinion to the media....

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  • ...Indeed in 1969, Berkley argued that the European policing tradition was characterised by greater democratic sympathies, which he linked to the degree of police unionisation- though not without inspiring criticism that his examples were selective (Berkley 1969; Reiner 1978:7)....

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  • ...Reviewing the range of literature on British police unionisation (not a union of course, but a state mandated 'Federation'), Robert Reiner in 1978 identified a spectrum of views - conservative, liberal and radical, on the merits and achievements of unions (Reiner 1978)....

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  • ...It was a development he regarded as a greater concern than 'economically motivated unionism' (Reiner 1978:268)....

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  • ...In the longer term, associations and unions converged- but the difference was for some decades more than symbolic (Juris & Feuille 1973:USA; McGill1992:NZ; Reiner 1978: England)....

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