Lost in Translation: Ireland and the Patten Report

Conway, Vicky (2008) Lost in Translation: Ireland and the Patten Report. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 59 (4). pp. 411-428. ISSN 0029-3105. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Police accountabiliy structures in the Republic of Ireland have recently undergone fundamental reform in response to international developments and domestic scandals. During the debates as to what shape new measures should take, numerous commentators called for implementation of the Patten Report. This article will evaluate the role which the Patten Report played in the reform debates. It will be argued that by interpreting that report as recommending a series of new mechanisms, rather than reflecling on the theoretical underpinnings, the value which it has for otherjuisdieions has become lost in translation. By analysing the reforms which were introduced in Irelandfrom the theoreticalframework in Patten, the deficienies of the new system in the Republic will be highighted. Through this case study, the potential value of the Patten Report for other jurisdictions, in providing a theoreticaly sound blueprintfor accountability reform, will be elaborated.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Jenny Harmer
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 11:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2012 08:56
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30062 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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