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Policing and politicians: international lessons for managing conflict
Date: 16 September 2016
Time: 10h30 - 12h30
Venue: Conference room, ISS Pretoria, Block C, Brooklyn Court, map

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How should politicians manage police? They need to ensure that officers act in the public interest, but politicians must also avoid the temptation of using police in a partisan manner. This problem is one that every modern democracy must confront.

Drawing on first-hand experience from six democracies, international police expert David H Bayley will describe how frequently disagreements arise between politicians and police commanders, what issues are involved, and how they are resolved.

Copies of his book Governing the Police: Experience in Six Democracies will be available for purchase at the seminar.

Chair: Sean Tait, Director, African Police Civilian Oversight Forum


  • David H Bayley, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany
  • Dr Andrew Faull, Senior Researcher, Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town
  • Gareth Newham, Head, Governance, Crime and Justice Division, ISS

Picture: Wikimedia Commons


This event is made possible with support from the Open Society Foundation. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Conference room
ISS Pretoria
Block C
Brooklyn Court
Helen Chanda
Phone: +27 12 346 9500
Gareth Newham
Phone: +27 12 346 9500
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