Policing change in Northern Ireland: To Reform or not to Transform?

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNorthern Ireland after the Troubles: A Society in Transition?
EditorsColin Coulter, Michael Murray
PublisherManchester University Press
ISBN (Print)ISBN-10: 071907441X ISBN-13: 978-0719074417
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Sept 2008

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  • policing reform
  • Northern Ireland
  • Patten Commission

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