Compliance with the Law and Policing by Consent: Notes on Police and Legal Legitimacy
London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology
University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology
University of London - Institute for Criminal Policy Research
Katherine Helen Murray
University of Edinburgh
November 30, 2010
LEGITIMACY AND COMPLIANCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE, A. Crawford, A. Hucklesby, eds., Routledge, pp. 29-49, 2010
This article summarises ‘procedural justice’ approaches to policing, contrasting these to the more politically dominant discourse about policing as crime control. It argues that public trust in policing is needed partly because this may result in public cooperation with justice, but more importantly because public trust in justice builds institutional legitimacy and thus public compliance with the law, and commitment to, the rule of law. We define police legitimacy as obligation to obey and moral alignment. We link police legitimacy to legal legitimacy/cynicism, and both to compliance with the law. Some recent survey findings are presented in support of this perspective.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: Compliance, Procedural Justice, Trust in the Police, Police Legitimacy, Legal Legitimacy and Cynicism
JEL Classification: K40
Date posted: December 1, 2010 ; Last revised: March 13, 2013
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