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Police Institutions and Police Abuse: Evidence from the US

By Abdul Nasser Rad & Campaign Zero

Study: What can explain variation in police abuse across America’s largest enforcement agencies?
This question is salient given the media attention and the investigations conducted by the
US Department of Justice finding problems of accountability and transparency in
America’s policing apparatus. Situating itself on the intersection between the public-sector
union, special interest group, and criminology literature, this thesis argues that police union
mechanisms, specifically police protections, can explain variation in police abuse.

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