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Police, police reform, hegemony, Gramsci, Machiavelli, civil society
This paper attempts to analyze two recent New York police reform campaigns - one to overturn the state’s system of criminal bail release, the other to make police officer discipline transparent to the public - using theories given by Antonio Gramsci. The paper will apply the concepts of hegemony, hegemonic discourse, the intertwining of the state and civil society, the attainment of political agency amongst the subaltern, and the role ideology plays in all of these concepts, to assess the success of the reform campaigns. The paper will argue that many of these concepts are further developments of political theories first expounded by Machiavelli, in order to support the notion that Gramscian theory is not strictly Marxist, but a distinctly humanist approach to politics.
Covington, Christian, "Optimism of the Intellect, Pessimism of the Will? A Gramscian Analysis of Two New York Police Reform Campaigns" (2021). CUNY Academic Works.