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Bar WarsContesting the Night in Contemporary British Cities$
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Phil Hadfield

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297856

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297856.001.0001

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Contesting the Night

Contesting the Night

9 Contesting the Night
Bar Wars

Phil Hadfield

Oxford University Press

This final chapter draws together and extends the book's main arguments concerning both the policing and control of urban spaces and the nature of the regulatory processes which govern the night-time city. It presents a critique of the existing licensing system and its inability to reflect upon, and respond to, evidence relating to the problem of order. The adversarial system, it is argued, represents an impediment to attempts to ascertain the ‘truth’ and instead becomes an attempt to weigh up (often incommensurate) partisan claims, with little accountability to, or democratic involvement by, affected communities. An inquisitorial mode of licensing hearing, it is argued, would lead to fairer and more representative decisions, whilst at the same time helping cure some of the contemporary ills of the night-time British city.

Keywords:   licensing systems, urban policing, crime control, regulatory capture, public accountability, democratic governance, inquisitorial hearing

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