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date: 20 October 2021

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In this essay, the grounding of police authority in consent is revisited in a call for anti-authoritarian policing. A longstanding tenet of the legitimate exercise of authority is its foundation in democratic processes and institutions. Yet, it is often assumed that police discretion will support powerful interests even when these offend democratic necessity. Police are urged not to abandon classical liberal doctrine to maintain an order of widening disparities, but to call upon their discretion to support their own longstanding institutional interest in plural governance.

Keywords: anti-authoritarian policing, liberal-consent policing, plural authority, police discretion

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