The police are a central public service in modern democracies, crucially affecting social and economic opportunity, the protection of liberty and the ability of individuals to develop their lives. As the most visibly coercive instrument of government, the police can also powerfully influence, through their actions, whether government is perceived to be legitimate and democratic.
We will focus on the relationship between policing and the ideals of democracy and government legitimacy. We will establish what shapes policing policy by considering how and why policy changes, and the role of constitutional governance in these change processes. How can governments sufficiently guide police agencies’ service-delivery models in constitutional democracies like Canada?
Note: Back by popular demand, from fall 2017.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.