Police Abuse and Democratic Accountability: Agonistic Surveillance of the Administrative State

  • Rosa Squillacote
  • Leonard Feldman


Rosa Squillacote and Leonard Feldman contend that police abuse calls on us to rethink traditionally institutional approaches to understanding accountability. Instead, they argue that courts and legislatures should be decentered by an approach that (a) recovers the potential for democratic accountability within administrative agencies and (b) emphasizes practices of agonistic surveillance by nonstate actors. Engaging the literature in political theory and drawing on examples from the United States, they examine specific institutional mechanisms and agonistic surveillance practices, such as body cameras and Cop Watch. By examining the ways in which administrative agencies are, or can be, accountable to the people—and focusing on the police as administrative agents—they find that we uncover new possibilities for police reform.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosa Squillacote
    • 1
  • Leonard Feldman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceThe Graduate Center, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceHunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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