Trust in Justice: Notes on the Development of European Social Indicators

This is an extended, pre-publication version of a paper entitled ‘Developing European Indicators of Trust in Justice’, which will be published in 2011 in the European Journal of Criminology

22 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2010 Last revised: 17 Apr 2011

Jonathan Jackson

London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology

Ben Bradford

University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology

Mike Hough

University of London - Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Jouni Kuha

London School of Economics and Political Science

Sally Stares

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Sally Widdop

City University London

Rory Fitzgerald

City University London

Maria Yordanova

Center for the Study of Democracy

Todor Galev

Center for the Study of Democracy

Date Written: November 30, 2010

Abstract

A social indicators approach to trust in justice recognises that the police and criminal courts need public support and institutional legitimacy if they are to operate effectively and fairly. We present in this paper the conceptual and methodological tools to devise indicators of trust and legitimacy across Europe. First, we outline the conceptual roadmap for a comparative European analysis of trust in justice. Second, we describe the development process of a 45-item module in Round 5 of the European Social Survey that fields the survey indicators. Third, we present the findings from the quantitative piloting of the indicators in the UK and Bulgaria and document the final wording of the measures. Fourth, we consider the policy implications of the procedural justice model of criminal justice that underpins the current project: by demonstrating to citizens that they are both trustworthy and possess the authority to govern, institutions can enhance public cooperation and compliance.

(This is an extended, pre-publication version of a paper entitled ‘Developing European Indicators of Trust in Justice’, which will be published in 2011 in the European Journal of Criminology.)

Keywords: social indicators, trust in the police, social measurement, police legitimacy, compliance, measurement invariance

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Jonathan and Bradford, Ben and Hough, Mike and Kuha, Jouni and Stares, Sally and Widdop, Sally and Fitzgerald, Rory and Yordanova, Maria and Galev, Todor, Trust in Justice: Notes on the Development of European Social Indicators (November 30, 2010). This is an extended, pre-publication version of a paper entitled ‘Developing European Indicators of Trust in Justice’, which will be published in 2011 in the European Journal of Criminology. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1717924 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1717924

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Mike Hough

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Jouni Kuha

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Sally Stares

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Sally Widdop

City University London ( email )

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Rory Fitzgerald

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Maria Yordanova

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Todor Galev

Center for the Study of Democracy ( email )

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