Psychology of Procedural Justice and Cooperation
Yale University - Law School
London School of Economics & Political Science: Department of Methodology
University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology
February 14, 2013
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE, edited by G. Bruinsma and D. Weisburd, Springer-Verlag, Forthcoming
Recent discussion of the relationship between legal authorities and the people within their communities emphasize the benefits to legal authorities of gaining voluntary deference and willing cooperation from the people with whom they deal. A key element in gaining such cooperation is being viewed as legitimate. And legitimacy is based upon the fairness of the manner in which legal authorities exercise their authority: i.e. procedural justice. If legal authorities exercise their authority fairly they build legitimacy and increase both willing deference to rules and the decisions of the police and the courts and the motivation to help with the task of maintaining social order in the community.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: cooperation, procedural justice, trust in the police, police legitimacy, normative commitment, social capital
JEL Classification: K40Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 9, 2011 ; Last revised: February 19, 2013
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