Policing by Command: Enhancing Law Enforcement Capacity Through Coercion

24 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2006

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Julie M. Ayling

European University Institute Dept of Law; RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australian National University

Peter Grabosky

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Abstract

This article addresses the numerous ways command or coercion is used by the state to enhance law enforcement, ways that involve creative interactions with both the targets of law enforcement and third parties. Coercive measures encompass both mandatory reporting and mandatory action. Examples are given and the benefits of using coercion in such circumstances discussed. However, coercion may also have unintended consequences and impose unreasonable costs. With these effects in mind, the authors suggest a set of guidelines for evaluating the appropriateness of coercive measures.

Suggested Citation

Ayling, Julie M. and Grabosky, Peter, Policing by Command: Enhancing Law Enforcement Capacity Through Coercion. Law & Policy, Vol. 28, No. 4, pp. 420-443, October 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=928997 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9930.2006.00233.x

Julie M. Ayling (Contact Author)

European University Institute Dept of Law ( email )

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I-50139 Firenze
Italy

RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Peter Grabosky

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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