REPRESENTATIVE BUREAUCRACY, GENDER, AND POLICING: THE CASE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARRESTS IN ENGLAND
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Special Issue: Symposium: Understanding crises and transformations of welfare states: the role of ideas. Edited by Mikko Kuisma
Volume 91, Issue 4, pages 998–1014, December 2013
How to Cite
ANDREWS, R. and JOHNSTON MILLER, K. (2013), REPRESENTATIVE BUREAUCRACY, GENDER, AND POLICING: THE CASE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARRESTS IN ENGLAND. Public Administration, 91: 998–1014. doi: 10.1111/padm.12002
- Issue published online: 13 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Received: 2 APR 2012
Drawing on theories of representative bureaucracy, we examine whether increased representation of women in police forces in England leads to a higher rate of domestic violence arrests. To do so, we use panel regression techniques to analyze the links between gender representation and variations in the arrest of domestic abuse perpetrators when controlling for a range of other relevant variables, including the relative prosperity of the local population and the size of the police force. Our statistical results suggest that the rate of domestic violence arrests varies in terms of the authority and discretion accorded to women police officers. We find that the presence of a female police chief constable is positively associated with the domestic violence arrest rate, but that increased representation of female police officers makes a difference only when they are accorded greater opportunity to carry out frontline police work.