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

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Johnson et al. on Police Power and Legitimacy

Jonathan Jackson Mike Hough Ben Bradford Katrin Hohl and Jouni Kuha (London School of Economics & Political Science: Department of Methodology , University of London - Institute for Criminal Policy Research , University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology , London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) and London School of Economics and Political Science) have posted Policing by Consent: Understanding the Dynamics of Police Power and Legitimacy (European Social Survey, 2012) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

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.

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