Understanding the politics of security in city-regions is increasingly important for the study of contemporary policing. This book argues that national and international governing arrangements are being outflanked by various transnational threats, including the cross-border terrorism of the attacks on Paris in 2015 and Brussels in 2016; trafficking in people, narcotics and armaments; cybercrime; the deregulation of global financial services; and environmental crime.

Metropolises are the focal points of the transnational networks through which policing problems are exported and imported across national borders, as they provide much of the demand for illicit markets and are the principal engines generating other policing challenges including political protest and civil unrest. This edited collection examines whether and how governing arrangements rooted in older systems of national sovereignty are adapting to these transnational challenges, and considers problems of and for policing in city-regions in the European Union and its single market.

Bringing together experts from across the continent, Policing European Metropolises develops a sociology of urban policing in Europe and a unique methodology for comparing the experiences of different metropolises in the same country. This book will be of value to police researchers in Europe and abroad, as well as postgraduate students with an interest in policing and urban policy.

part II|90 pages


chapter 3|19 pages


77Governing metropolises: The false pretences of metropolisation

chapter 4|26 pages


Urban security governance in Portugal: Key elements and challenges

chapter 5|23 pages


Policing regimes in transition in the Nordic countries: Some critical notes from the Nordic reality

chapter 6|21 pages


Metropolitan policing in post-socialist countries: The case of Slovenia

part III|135 pages


chapter 7.1|16 pages


167Urban policing in Italy: Some reflections from a comparative perspective

chapter 7.2|19 pages


Policing and urban control in Rome and Milan: A view from the southern edge of Europe

chapter 8|28 pages


Metropolitan policing agendas in Britain: Divergent tendencies in a fragmenting state?

chapter 9|20 pages


Policing metropolises in a system of cooperative federalism: Berlin as the German capital and a city-state compared to Cologne as the biggest city in North Rhine-Westphalia

chapter 10|19 pages


Governance of security in Antwerp and Brussels: Two of a kind?

chapter 11|32 pages

The Netherlands

Local strategies for glocal challenges: Comparing policing agendas in Amsterdam and Rotterdam

part IV|32 pages


chapter 12|31 pages

The European world of metropolitan policing

302Interpreting patterns of governance, policy and politics