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Thatcher and Blair's political use and influence upon the police, with particular reference to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, and Thatcher's impact on Blair's policies

By Flora Darch

Abstract

This research is aimed to establish if Thatcher's strong political legacy, and ideology influenced Blair's government's policy that was linked to the police. Looking with particular reference to The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984(PACE). This research used semi structured interviews with police officers and police staff who were working within the police at the time in which the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 was implemented, and were still in service during Blair's time in government. This was carried out to explore whether Thatcher's strong political ideology would be evident within Blair's reforms to law and order policies, such as PACE, at the implementation stage. Also to discover whether professionals working with such legislation and under such leaders reflected this thought? The data from the interviews produced a varied and mixed set of ideas relating to the research topic; however the general consensus was that PACE was not a politically driven piece of legislation. The data also suggested that Blair was influenced by Thatcher and her political thought, however used the police in a different manner. Traditionally the Conservative and Labour party followed different theories as is discussed within the literature review. However possible deviations from the political party's traditional theory basis have been discussed in relation to the data.FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE & BUSINES

Publisher: 'University of Plymouth'
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:pearl.plymouth.ac.uk:10026.2/312
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