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Compliance with the law and policing by consent: notes on police and legal legitimacy

Jackson, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0003-2426-2219, Bradford, Ben, Hough, Mike and Murray, K. H. (2012) Compliance with the law and policing by consent: notes on police and legal legitimacy. In: Crawford, Adam and Hucklesby, Anthea, (eds.) Legitimacy and Compliance in Criminal Justice. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 29-49. ISBN 9780415671569

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This article summarises ‘procedural justice’ approaches to policing, contrasting these to the more politically dominant discourse about policing as crime control. It argues that public trust in policing is needed partly because this may result in public cooperation with justice, but more importantly because public trust in justice builds institutional legitimacy and thus public compliance with the law, and commitment to, the rule of law. We define police legitimacy as obligation to obey and moral alignment. We link police legitimacy to legal legitimacy/cynicism, and both to compliance with the law. Some recent survey findings are presented in support of this perspective.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Routledge
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2010 17:18
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:36

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