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Policing the WaterfrontNetworks, Partnerships, and the Governance of Port Security$
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Russell Brewer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687367

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687367.001.0001

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Identifying Barriers to Collaboration on an Australian Waterfront

Identifying Barriers to Collaboration on an Australian Waterfront

(p.134) 5 Identifying Barriers to Collaboration on an Australian Waterfront
Policing the Waterfront

Russell Brewer

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 features the second waterfront case study, the Port of Melbourne, and presents somewhat of a counterpoint to the Los Angeles/Long Beach Port Complex introduced previously. This chapter chronicles networked-life across Melbourne’s waterfront, and assesses the significance of social capital in shaping the various policing and security partnerships (be they inter-agency, private, and public-private). The pervasiveness of social capital is scrutinised through an evaluation of the relational ties, social structures, and trust norms existing between and amongst actors. The findings expose several key barriers impeding the ties between actors at the Port of Melbourne, thus producing a widespread scantness of social capital that further obstructs policing partnerships on the waterfront. The significance of these barriers and the effects of this dearth of social capital on collaborative crime control activities are also examined.

Keywords:   Melbourne, relational ties, trust, social capital, barriers

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