Policing and Political Participation

Despite the prominence of policing and police misconduct on the national agenda, scholars still know very little about the extent to which police act in ways that are contrary to the public good and public safety. Primarily, this lack of information stems from a lack of data and analytical techniques that can be used to examine policing. This project addresses this important dearth of information and will develop measures of problem policing over a series of papers and attempt to examine the effects of problem policing on voter turnout and political protest. Burch will identify and collect existing data on policing in order to develop measures of “problem policing.” This project will result in a book manuscript and will be the first to attempt to measure multiple forms of problematic policing and to examine their effects both separately and simultaneously.