Police Legitimacy: A Conceptual Review
9 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2010
Date Written: September 29, 2010
This paper reviews the concept of legitimacy applied to the British police. Particular attention is given to multi-dimensional definitions of legitimacy, as well as the implications of procedural justice theory in the formation of justified police action. The paper discusses some of the factors that may have shaped the trajectory of police legitimacy in the UK. It finishes with a commentary on the importance of the concept for crime-control policy.
Keywords: Institutional legitimacy, police, procedural justice, crime-control policy
JEL Classification: K40
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Jackson, Jonathan and Bradford, Ben, Police Legitimacy: A Conceptual Review (September 29, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1684507 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1684507
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