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The Politics of Police Reform: Society against the State in Post-Soviet Countries

Erica Marat


What does it take to reform a post-Soviet police force? Across the region, the countries inherited remarkably similar police forces with identical structures, chains of command, and politicized relationships with the political elite. Centralized in control but decentralized in their reach, the police remain one of the least reformed post-communist institutions. As a powerful state organ, the Soviet-style militarized police have resisted change despite democratic transformations in the overall political context, including rounds of competitive elections and growing civil society. This book expl ... More

Keywords: police, police reform, violence, Soviet police, security sector reform, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190861490
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190861490.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erica Marat, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Regional and Analytical Studies, National Defense University