The Law and Order Agenda in Canada
By Todd Gordon
Gordon says that to properly understand the law and order agenda, we must situate it within the broader context of the political and economic changes associated with neoliberalism. Law and order policing is not an isolated state policy endeavour or policing practice. It is a central feature of a state power that, far from retreating with the demise of the Keynsian Welfare State, is actively facilitating the establishment of an new—neoliberal—capitalist order premised on the restructuring of social relations. Law and order policing is very much about the role of an aggressive state and its relationship to the class struggle lying at the heart of contemporary Canadian society.
◦Electronic Panopticon or Techno-Fetishism? A Critical Look at Panoptic Theories of Policing
◦Producing Capitalist Order: Race, Class and Gender
◦The Emergence of Contemporary Law and Order Policies: Policing, Class Struggle and Neoliberal Restructuring
◦Pan-handling By-Laws and the Safe Streets Act: The Return of Vagrancy Law
◦Criminalization, Race and Neoliberal Order: Policing Immigrant Communities
About the Author
Todd Gordon is a social justice activist who completed his Ph.D. in political
science at York University. His articles have appeared in Studies in Political
Economy, Canadian Review of Social Policy and Capital and Class. He is also an editor of New Socialist magazine.