International Law Enforcement Cooperation: A Critical Appraisal

‘Modern policing, with its characteristic mixture of informational and supervisory aspects of surveillance, was both made possible and seen to be necessary by the wholesale transferal of populations from rural to urban environments.^[1] The surveillance, of course, was the core of the surveillance society leading to today’s security society, in the Foucauldian tripartite system.[2] This section of this chapter consists of three parts, of which the first considers the epistemological rupture postulated above, and the second the unholy triangle of law enforcement, militarization, and the security services. The third part postulates that international law enforcement is slowly directing its efforts towards a series of issues that now present themselves as potentially detrimental to humanity.

  • [1] Lord Anthony Giddens, The Nation-State and Violence, Berkeley, University of California Press,1992, p. 190.
  • [2] See Frank G. Madsen, ‘Transnational criminal networks’, in Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson(eds), International Organization and Global Governance, Abingdon and New York, Routledge, 2014, Ch.29. David Lyon, The Electronic Eye: The Rise of Surveillance Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Universityof Minnesota Press, 1994.
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