SOCI 6410 Political Policing: Brazil, Mexico, the United States, and Beyond

Is policing politically neutral in its goals and consequences? Is it inherently political in its processes, goals, and outcomes? What is political policing? How does it operate? Is politicized policing solely a problem of developing country settings? Does it decrease with societal development? What is the relationship of police to national states and their political agendas? What is the difference between low and high political policing? Under what conditions do the politics of policing become more or less visible? What is the relative political value of police or military action? What have been the consequences of political policing?