External Accountability: The Limited Influence of Oversight Bodies on the Governance of Police Stops

Hartmut Aden, János Fazekas, Genevieve Lennon, Markus Himanen, Marie-Theres Piening, Alexander Bosch

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The chapter examines independent external oversight bodies’ and parliaments’ role in the governance of police stops. Drawing on literature and primary sources, including official reports and data generated by this COST Action, the chapter analyses typical police stop situations that independent external bodies deal with and their policy recommendations. The need for accountable and transparent policing and its importance for police legitimacy have led to many jurisdictions establishing independent public oversight bodies. Some are completely, others partially, independent from the police and government. Complaints bodies are particularly important where criminal investigation is either not relevant or fails. Independent accountability bodies’ policy recommendations are particularly significant in relation to accountability and improving adherence to human rights. However, the impact of such recommendations on police practices is limited.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGoverning Police Stops Across Europe
EditorsE. Aston, S. De Kimpe, J. Fazekas, G. Lennon, M. Rowe
Number of pages39
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date18 Nov 2023
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-41362-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-41363-6
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2023
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NamePalgrave's Critical Policing Studies
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2730-535X
ISSN (Electronic)2730-5368

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology

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