Politicizing police stops: a comparative project

Jacques de Maillard, Kristof Verfaillie

Research output: Unpublished contribution to conferenceUnpublished paper


Questions about the effectiveness and accountability of police powers to stop question and search citizens on the street are increasing across Europe. This panel will focus on the context within which the practices of police stops have emerged and developed. In particular we will explore the varying ways in which social legal economic historical political cultural (and cross-cultural) organisational and community level factors influence the make-up and development of police practice. We will present an overarching framework and a number of national case studies exploring the impact of contemporary political developments including issues relating to crime and terrorism migration ethnicity and racism legal and political concerns and human rights. More specifically we intend to understand if how and when police stops emerge as a political issue in various countries in Europe. How are police stops explained and justified (or criticised) when they become a political issue? What does a political choice for police stops tell us about the societies in which such practices are deployed and mobilised?
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2019
EventEuropean Society of Criminology Conference 2019 - University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 18 Sep 201921 Sep 2019


ConferenceEuropean Society of Criminology Conference 2019


  • police stops
  • comparative politics


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