European Journal of Policing Studies


Policing and Crime in Contemporary London

A developmental agenda?

Keywords urban governance, London, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), metropolis, urban regime theory, world urban system
Authors Adam Edwards en Ruth Prins
Author's information

Adam Edwards
Adam Edwards is Director of the Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice and a founding member of the Collaborative On-line Social Media ObServatory (COSMOS). He is currently Regional Editor of the European Journal of Policing Studies. His principal research interest is in liberal democratic modes of governance and their security implications (

Ruth Prins
Ruth Prins works as assistant professor at the department of Public Administration at Institute for Public Administration, Leiden University, Campus The Hague. Her PhD research, which will be defended publicly in a short while at Erasmus University Rotterdam, is about the changing position and role of Dutch mayors in local safety governance between 1990 and 2010.
  • Abstract

      In support of the Policing European Metropolises Project and as a starting point for investigating such a complex and challenging subject as policing the global city of London, the article provides an exposition of the current agenda for policing and crime as advanced by the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), which assumed responsibility for police governance in January 2012. To justify this focus, the article draws upon distinctions made in urban regime theory about governing arrangements that seek to maintain, develop, reform or transform public policy agendas in the governance of cities. It uses these to question prospects for the MOPAC Policing and Crime Plan for 2013-16 and to provoke questions for further research into the lessons that can be drawn from this case for comparisons of policing in other European metropolises. In this regard, it is argued that the concept of the ‘metropolis’ implies an understanding of contemporary urban phenomena, such as crime and policing, as social products that have an integral relationship to a ‘world urban system’ of political, economic and cultural relations.

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