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Title: Accountability processes and group dynamics: a SIDE perspective on the policing of an anti-capitalist riot
Authors: Cronin, Patrick D. J.
Reicher, Stephen
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Accountability
Group dynamics
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This is the author's final version of this article. Published version (c)2009 European Journal of Social Psychology. The definitive version is available at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com. The publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository. You can request a copy from the author for your own research or private study. To do this email repository@abertay.ac.uk and we will forward your request if the author is still at this institution.
Citation: Cronin, P. and Reicher, S. 2009. Accountability processes and group dynamics: a SIDE perspective on the policing of an anti-capitalist riot. European Journal of Social Psychology. 39(2): pp.237-254. Available from DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.544
Abstract: This paper reports a study of public order policing during a major anti-capitalist riot. Officers were observed in the control room at New Scotland Yard throughout the event, and the two senior commanders were interviewed. The analysis demonstrates both the importance and the complexity of accountability concerns in determining police decisions. Officers are simultaneously accountable to multiple audiences who place different and sometimes contradictory demands upon them. Moreover officers in different positions may be subject to different accountability concerns. These lead to different action preferences that can create intra-organizational conflict. For instance, senior commanders were reluctant to use tactics that the general public and other external audiences might view as escalating the conflict or endangering the safety of protestors. In contrast, junior officers were less concerned with external audiences and supported these tactics as necessary to protect police safety. The theoretical significance of these findings is framed in terms of the SIDE model.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/491
ISSN: 0046-2772
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