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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Jackson & Bradford on Police

Jackson jonathan Jonathan Jackson (pictured) and Ben Bradford  (London School of Economics & Political Science - Methodology Institute) have posted two manuscripts on SSRN: The first is Trust and Confidence in the Police: A Conceptual Review. Here is the abstract:

In Britain, public confidence in policing has become a short-hand for trust, legitimacy and consent. As such, the phrase tends to wrap up a set of inter-connected yet empirically and conceptually distinct notions. Yet it is important to unpack these distinct, albeit connected, ideas. At the very least we should differentiate between trust and confidence on the one hand, and legitimacy, compliance, cooperation and consent on the other hand. In this article we: (a) introduce the concept of trust and confidence in the police; (b) document historical trends in trust and confidence; and (c) outline the factors thought to influence public confidence. We aim throughout to highlight key ideas, studies and debates.

The second manuscript is Police Legitimacy: A Conceptual Review. Here is the abstract:

This paper reviews the concept of legitimacy applied to the British police. Particular attention is given to multi-dimensional definitions of legitimacy, as well as the implications of procedural justice theory in the formation of justified police action. The paper discusses some of the factors that may have shaped the trajectory of police legitimacy in the UK. It finishes with a commentary on the importance of the concept for crime-control policy.

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