Policing, politics, and democracy: David Bayley’s enduring contributions

Gary Cordner, Edward R. Maguire, Clifford Shearing

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This special issue pays tribute to the life and work of David Hume Bayley, professor emeritus in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, who passed away in May of 2020 at the age of 87. We regard Bayley as the world’s pre-eminent comparative policing scholar. In this introduction to the special issue, we begin by providing a brief synopsis of his evolution as a scholar, from his Ph.D. training in political science to his most recent work on the role of policing in democracy. We then introduce the articles that appear in this special issue and highlight how they derive from or intersect with Bayley’s scholarship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021


  • David bayley
  • democracy
  • police
  • politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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