Assembling Transnational Policing: Europol's Anticipatory Governance

Hans Krause Hansen*, Julie Uldam

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Building on studies of transnational policing, security and digitization, we develop an assemblage-theoretical framework to explore perceptions of time in contemporary policing efforts. We use the concepts of techno imaginaries and policing assemblage to examine the articulation of temporality and multi-scalar connections between humans and non-humans in policing, which has become increasingly pluralised and digitised. We draw on documentary research on Europol to analyse anticipatory governance in transnational police work, including the linkages between humans and machines and identify a shift from post-crime towards pre-crime interventions. We critically discuss the significance of this shift for the character and robustness of expected future risks and threat assessments. Our reflections on the interplay between time and techno imaginaries contribute to critical analyses of the ways in which decision-making and interventions shape and are shaped by transnational assemblages in anticipatory governance.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Society
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)281-299
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


  • Anticipatory governance
  • Assemblages
  • Europol
  • Techno imaginaries
  • Transnational policing

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