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The Police and American Politics

This initiative sponsors research and seminars within the department on the politics of policing. It is led by Professor Daniel Kryder.


Daniel Kryder, "Organizing for Disorder: Civil Unrest, Police Control, and the Invention of Washington, D.C.," in "Formative Acts: American Politics in the Making," Stephen Skowronek, ed., (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). Chapter analyzes the effects on local policing of Thomas Jefferson's decision to invent a new capital city in rural Maryland, and the effects of D.C.'s metropolitan police on the outcomes of mass demonstrations in the 20th century. 

Daniel Kryder, "Black and White Police in the 20th Century: Democratization and Policing in American Political Development"in "Democratization in America," Desmond King, ed., (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). Chapter reveals the reasons why local white authorities tended to appoint black policemen during and after wars. 

Daniel Kryder, “Claims and Capacity: War and the Development of National Policing Institutions in the U.S. in the 20th Century,” in Elizabeth Kier and Ronald Krebs, eds. In "War’s Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy" (Cambridge University Press, 2010).  Chapter questions the presumed relationship between war and state-building, using American federal police agencies as cases.