Building capacities, exerting power: the European Union police mission in the Palestinian Authority

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Series Details Vol.23, No.3, 2018, p.321-339
Publication Date September 2018
ISSN 1362-9395 (print) | 1743-9418 (online)
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This article offers a Foucauldian approach to examine the European Union Police Mission in the Palestinian Authority. Using Foucault’s ideas on ‘policing’, ‘discipline’ and ‘normalization’ and applying an interpretive approach, the article argues that the EU police mission rests on ideas, visions and techniques that problematize local capacities and skills in the policing of the population. It highlights the epistemic context of knowledge creation within which the local becomes an object of intervention through two techniques: benchmarking and capacity-building. The article also discusses what is left invisible and unaddressed in EUPOL COPPS activities.

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