The McDonaldization of the Danish Police

  • Adam Diderichsen
Keywords: McDonaldization, Police, NPM, Police Reform, Bureaucratic Rule.


Using Ritzer’s McDonaldization theory, this article argues that the dominant trend in recent Danish police history has been ideals of efficiency, computability, predictability and control. However, it is clear that the question of political power is important when analyzing the McDonaldization of the Danish police, given its central role in the exercise of state power. I therefore argue that the McDonaldization of the Danish police marks a transformation of bureaucratic rule characterized by a shift from a legal to an economic interpretation of the central ideals of bureaucracy.


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