Dr. Anja Johansen has a long track-record of comparative historical research on police-public relations, police accountability, and citizens' complaints in nineteenth-century Britain, France, and Germany. She is particularly interested in patterns of long-term continuity and change in police complaints procedures from the 19th to the 21st century, and the impact - or lack of impact - of public outcry over police malpractice on the handling of police and the empowerment of complainants. In a broader perspective, her research compares police accountability within dissimilar political regimes, particularly whether and how democratisation has impacted on police accountability and transparency to the public.
Anja Johansen, 'Non-prosecution of Police Personnel in the French Third Republic, 1872-1914: Reflections on Police Accountability and 'Democratic Policing', in Thomas Grotum, Lena Haase & Georgios Terizakis (eds.) Polizei(en) im Umbruchssituationen. Herrschaft, Krise, Systemwechsel und "offene Moderne" , Wiesbaden: Springer, 2021 , pp.187-206 ISBN: 978-3-658-35163-2 DOI: 10.1007/987-3-658-35163-2_9
Anja Johansen, 'Beyond the Reach of Law? Criminal Prosecution of Parisian Police Personnel, 1872-1914', The Journal of Modern History, vol.92, no.3 (September 2020), pp.1-36 https://doi.org/10.1086/710309
Anja Johansen, 'Future Trends in Historical Research on Policing: Towards Global and Interdisciplinary Perspectives', in Anja Johansen (ed.) The History of Crime and Criminal Justice: Research Agendas for the 21st Century , Geneva: Droz, 2018, pp.113-121 https://doi.org/10.4000/chs.1826