Trust and Legitimacy Across Europe: A FIDUCIA Report on Comparative Public Attitudes Towards Legal Authority
London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology
London School of Economics and Political Science
University of London - Institute for Criminal Policy Research
University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology
City University London; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
Monica M. Gerber
London School of Economics & Political Science - Methodology Institute
September 1, 2014
FIDUCIA (New European Crimes and Trust-based Policy) seeks to shed light on a number of distinctively ‘new European’ criminal behaviours which have emerged in the last decade as a consequence of both technology developments and the increased mobility of populations across Europe. A key objective of FIDUCIA is to propose and proof a ‘trust-based’ policy model in relation to emerging forms of criminality – to explore the idea that public trust and institutional legitimacy are important for the social regulation of the trafficking of human beings, the trafficking of goods, the criminalisation of migration and ethnic minorities, and cybercrimes. In this paper we detail levels of trust and legitimacy in the 26 countries, drawing on data from Round 5 of the European Social Survey. We also conduct a sensitivity analysis that investigates the effect of a lack of measurement equivalence on national estimates.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: Public confidence, trust, legitimacy, compliance, policing, criminal courts, european social survey, measurement equivalence
JEL Classification: K40
Date posted: June 2, 2013 ; Last revised: September 22, 2014
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