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Monopolizing force?: police legitimacy and public attitudes towards the acceptability of violence

Jackson, Jonathan and Huq, Aziz Z. and Bradford, Ben and Tyler, Tom R. (2013) Monopolizing force?: police legitimacy and public attitudes towards the acceptability of violence. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 19 (4). pp. 479-497. ISSN 1076-8971 (Submitted)

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Identification Number: 10.1037/a0033852

Abstract

Why do people believe that violence is acceptable? In this paper we study people’s normative beliefs about the acceptability of violence to achieve social control (as a substitute for the police, for self-protection and the resolution of disputes) and social change (through violent protests and acts to achieve political goals). Addressing attitudes towards violence among young men from various ethnic minority communities in London, we find that procedural justice is strongly correlated with police legitimacy, and that positive judgments about police legitimacy are associated with more negative views about the use of violence. We conclude with the idea that police legitimacy has an additional, hitherto unrecognized, empirical property – by constituting the belief that the police monopolise rightful force in society, legitimacy has a ‘crowding out’ effect on positive views of private violence.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/law/index.aspx
Additional Information: © 2013 American Psychological Association
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Date Deposited: 15 May 2013 10:35
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2014 11:45
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/50262

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