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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jackson et al. on Why People Comply with Law

Jonathan Jackson , Ben Bradford , Mike Hough , Andy Myhill , Paul Quinton and Tom Tyler (London School of Economics & Political Science - Methodology Institute , University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology , University of London - Institute for Criminal Policy Research , National Policing Improvement Agency , National Policing Improvement Agency and New York University (NYU) - Department of Psychology) have posted Why Do People Comply with the Law? Legitimacy and the Influence of Legal Institutions on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This paper extends Tyler’s procedural justice model of public compliance with the law. Analysing data from a national probability sample of adults in England and Wales, we present a new conceptualisation of legitimacy based not just on the recognition of power but also the justification of power. We find that people accept the police’s right to dictate appropriate behaviour, not only when they feel a duty to obey officers, but also when they believe that the institution acts according to a shared moral purpose with citizens. Highlighting a number of different routes by which institutions can influence citizen behaviour, our broader normative model provides a better framework for explaining why people are willing to comply with the law.

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