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Extending Lundman's theory on policing: the evidence from the literature focusing on India

Melchor C. de Guzman (The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Brockport, New York, USA)
Korni Swaroop Kumar (The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Brockport, New York, USA)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 23 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine and propose an extension of Lundman's theory. Lundman presented a theoretical framework that predicted the evolution of policing from an informal to a formal type. Essentially, he stated that the types of policing in society were determined by the patterns of solidarity, élite interests, and crimes rates/images of disorder. This research argued that the theory could be extended not only to predict the type of policing but also the quality and quantity of policing. Particularly, this research explored the relationships of the élite interest and the rates/images of criminality to policing practices by examining evidence from the research literature about India.

Design/methodology/approach

Research studies about Indian police practices were extracted from the major western criminology, criminal justice, and policing journals. Using content analyses, two propositions were analyzed. The first proposition was that the evidence from the literature would suggest that threats of the disadvantaged and marginalized groups against the dominant élite groups would influence the quality of policing. The second proposition was that the evidence from the literature would show that rates and images of criminality would influence the quantity of policing.

Findings

Very little quantitative literature exists to examine the propositions using meta‐analysis. The existing policing literature from India that was examined indicated support for the propositions.

Research limitations/implications

As the literature was mostly anecdotal and normative, a more dynamic view of the relationships among the variables should be explored using the positivist approach.

Originality/value

Police characters are influenced by the social order. Systemic reforms often fail because of the obstacles presented by the social and political influences. Therefore, a larger social reform should be undertaken.

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Citation

de Guzman, M.C. and Swaroop Kumar, K. (2011), "Extending Lundman's theory on policing: the evidence from the literature focusing on India", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 34 No. 3, pp. 403-418. https://doi.org/10.1108/13639511111157483

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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