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Transformation from militia to police in Croatia and Poland – A comparative perspective

Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovic´ (Harvard Law School, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
Maria R. Haberfeld (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY, USA)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



During the last decade Croatia and Poland underwent a period of major political transformation from communist regimes to democratic forms of government. Although their police forces function within similar political frameworks, their operational agendas are somewhat different. Due to the differences in social and economic environments, as well as the recent war in Croatia, the challenges the two police forces faced in the transition period varied substantially. This paper analyzes and compares the processes of change encountered by the two law enforcement agencies.



Kutnjak Ivkovic´, S. and Haberfeld, M.R. (2000), "Transformation from militia to police in Croatia and Poland – A comparative perspective", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 194-217.




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