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Title: Police leadership : an exploratory study of the perceptions of police officers
Author: Davis, Claire
ISNI:       0000 0004 7228 871X
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2017
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Studies of police leadership have focused on the identification of good practice and effectiveness in leadership which has involved the application of existing frameworks to the understanding of leadership. The perspective of police officers, and importantly their understandings of leadership, is left unexamined. Similarly, current research and policy typically conceptualises leadership in the police as rank-free, with leadership and rank discussed as separate constructs. Within a social constructionist theoretical framework, this thesis provides a critical analysis of senior police officers’ understandings of leadership in the police. Based on 38 semi-structured interviews from chief constable to inspector rank in one UK police constabulary, this thesis presents a framework of ideas about the meanings of leadership in the police and considers the taken-for-granted assumptions embedded in these meanings. Informed by grounded theory, the analysis shows that the authority of rank is central to the understanding of police leadership; the assumptions attached to rank reflect assumptions about the nature of leadership. The concepts of 'doing' and 'undoing' of rank describe the different ways rank is used in police leadership. The doing of rank refers to ways in which the authority of rank is prioritised, emphasised and reinforced, compared with the undoing of rank, which describes the downplaying of rank as an authority in leadership. The findings show the ways in which rank acts as a barrier to alternative leadership practices in the police. This thesis argues therefore that an understanding of the influence of rank in police leadership or 'rank awareness', is essential precursor to the development and acceptance of participatory or collaborative leadership in the police.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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