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Policing by consent: understanding the dynamics of police power and legitimacy

Jackson, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0003-2426-2219, Hough, Mike, Bradford, Ben ORCID: 0000-0001-5480-5638, Hohl, Katrin and Kuha, Jouni ORCID: 0000-0002-1156-8465 (2012) Policing by consent: understanding the dynamics of police power and legitimacy. ESS country specific topline results series (1). European Commission.

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This is the first of the country-specific European Social Survey topline results reports. Focusing on UK data from the Round 5 module entitled ‘trust in justice,' we link people’s perceptions of police legitimacy to their compliance with the law and their willingness to cooperate with the police and criminal courts. We also extend the existing literature by addressing wider forms of trust and people’s attachment to order and security. Framing the findings in the context of a long and rich history of policing by consent, we show the value of the European Social Survey in shaping public policy, practice and debate.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2012 European Social Survey
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: K - Law and Economics > K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior > K40 - General
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 15:29
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:21
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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