This book provides a theoretically sophisticated and empirically detailed account of power relations within a heavily bureaucratized organization attempting to introduce post-bureaucratic structures, policies and systems. The organization in question, the New South Wales Police Service, was rife with corruption; post bureaucratic reform was seen as a means of enhancing social control through the facilitation of democracy. Despite institutional change, the book reveals how at a deeper social and political level the Service remains authoritarian and closed. The author's review of the power in organizations literature demonstrates that it is largely made up of to two streams of power analysis: the idealist and the pragmatist streams. Those within the former tradition concern themselves primarily with how power relations should be constituted, while the latter describes the actual workings of power - what it is and does.The author illustrates how the Service's reform program failed because it is premised on a taken-for-granted idealist view of power.
Using genealogy as a methodological exemplar, he develops a pragmatist analytical frame that shows how relations of domination can be continually reproduced, irrespective of institutional change. Power is shown to be tied to the rationalities, modes of sense making, practical consciousness knowledge, truths and the general ontological 'being in the world' that social agents discursively produce.In the New South Wales Police Service this process is subject to historically constituted structures of dominancy that continue to legitimize acts of domination and create a prevailing sense of despotism - anything but democracy. In consequence, irrespective of its new structural facade and espoused codes of ethics, the author, drawing on empirical evidence, argues that the organization remains vulnerable to corruption because those in positions of dominance are free to rationalize their own version of rationality.
- PART I1. Introduction2. Histories of the NSW Police Service2.1 Colonial Beginnings 1788-18612.2 Consolidation of Police Power 1862-19592.3 Police Rationality 1960-19792.4 Change That Resulted in More of the Same 1980-19952.5 Conclusion3. 1996 Royal Commission into Police Corruption in the New South WalesPolice Service3.1 Forms of Corruption Discovered in the Service3.2 Entrenched and Systematic Corruption3.3 The Commission's Assessment of the Overall Problem - InadequateLeadership3.4 Commissioner Ryan's Response: His Reform Plan for The New South WalesPolice Service3.5 ConclusionPART II4. Streams of Power4.1 The Idealist Stream: Ideas About How Power "Should" be4.2 The Pragmatist Stream: Accounts of How Power "Actually" is4.3 Conclusion5. Leadership Through the Power Lens5.1 Traditional Approaches to Leadership5.2 Dispersed Approaches to Leadership5.3 Dispersed Leadership: Problematic Considerations in Regard to Power5.4 ConclusionPART III6. The Research and Methodological Framework6.1 Contextual Issues for Organizational Research6.2 Broad Methodological Considerations6.3 The Research Framework6.4 The Methodology6.5 Conclusion7. Methods, Instruments, Contexts and Trends7.1 The Research Questions7.2 Selecting the Research Subject7.3 Crafting Instruments and Protocols7.4 The Constraint and Strategic Use of the Archaeology7.5 Data Collection Strategies7.6 Data Analysis Process7.7 ConclusionPART IV8. Data Analysis: Watching the Detectives8.1 Taken for Granted Realities8.2 Conclusion9. Data Analysis: History and Sensemaking9.1 Historical Patterns of Decision Legitimacy9.2 Historical Delineation of Relationships9.3 Patterns in Sensemaking9.4 Conclusion10. Data Analysis: Policing the Boundaries, Maintaining Order, and WordsVersus Deeds10.1 Boundaries of Discursive Practice10.2 The Ordering of Statements10.3 Words Versus Deeds10.4 Conclusion of Data Analysis11. Conclusion: The Historical Constitution of Power11.1 Propositions11.2 The Historical Constitution of Power in the New South Wales PoliceServicePostscriptAppendicesAppendix A - Key Limitations and AssumptionsAppendix B - Notes on the Way the Research was ConductedReferencesTopic IndexName Index