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Trust in justice

Bradford, Ben, Jackson, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0003-2426-2219 and Hough, Mike (2016) Trust in justice. In: Uslaner, E., (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Social and Political Trust. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

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This article considers what it means for citizens to trust the police and criminal courts. First, a broad definition of trust is outlined. Four theories of trust formation and reproduction are then used to derive a set of propositions concerning the sources of trust in the legal system and the factors that sustain and/or undermine it. A brief review of existing criminological research that provides evidence as to the relevance of these factors is also provided. The article closes with a discussion of the relationship between the concepts of trust and legitimacy in the context of the criminal justice system.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2016 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2016 14:48
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2021 23:04

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