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Research suggests that the contemporary public sector is increasingly characterised by a combination of profession specific skills and more generic management/institutional skills. This paper explores the extent to which such changes can be identified within policing and the scope for them to impact on police culture.

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Why is it important?

This paper suggests that the configuration of the public sector might be an increasingly important factor accounting for cultural changes in police organisations.


This paper provides a conceptual discussion on the changing nature of public sector institutions in contemporary society and the scope for these changes to influence organisational culture.

Tom Cockcroft
Leeds Beckett University

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This page is a summary of: Institutional hybridity and cultural isomorphism in contemporary policing, International Journal of Police Science & Management, December 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1461355719889462.
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