Policing by Consent: Understanding the Dynamics of Police Power and Legitimacy
London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology
University of London - Institute for Criminal Policy Research
University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology
City University London; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
London School of Economics and Political Science
October 30, 2012
European Social Survey (2012). ‘Policing by consent: Understanding the dynamics of police power and legitimacy’, ESS Country Specific Topline Results Series Issue 1 (UK). By Jackson, J., Hough, M., Bradford, B., Hohl, K. and Kuha, J.
This is the first of the country-specific European Social Survey topline results reports. Focusing on UK data from the Round 5 module entitled ‘trust in justice,' we link people’s perceptions of police legitimacy to their compliance with the law and their willingness to cooperate with the police and criminal courts. We also extend the existing literature by addressing wider forms of trust and people’s attachment to order and security. Framing the findings in the context of a long and rich history of policing by consent, we show the value of the European Social Survey in shaping public policy, practice and debate.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: compliance, cooperation, legitimacy, policing, procedural justice, trust
JEL Classification: K40
Date posted: November 1, 2012 ; Last revised: March 11, 2013