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Representative bureaucracy, gender, and policing: the case of domestic violence arrests in England

Andrews, Rhys ORCID: and Johnston Miller, Karen 2013. Representative bureaucracy, gender, and policing: the case of domestic violence arrests in England. Public Administration 91 (4) , pp. 998-1014. 10.1111/padm.12002

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Drawing on theories of representative bureaucracy, we examine whether increased representation of women in police forces in England leads to a higher rate of domestic violence arrests. To do so, we use panel regression techniques to analyze the links between gender representation and variations in the arrest of domestic abuse perpetrators when controlling for a range of other relevant variables, including the relative prosperity of the local population and the size of the police force. Our statistical results suggest that the rate of domestic violence arrests varies in terms of the authority and discretion accorded to women police officers. We find that the presence of a female police chief constable is positively associated with the domestic violence arrest rate, but that increased representation of female police officers makes a difference only when they are accorded greater opportunity to carry out frontline police work.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s policy at (accessed 05/08/2014)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0033-3298
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 21:40

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