Trust and Legitimacy Across Europe: A FIDUCIA Report on Comparative Public Attitudes Towards Legal Authority

20 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2013 Last revised: 22 Sep 2014

Jonathan Jackson

London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology

Jouni Kuha

London School of Economics and Political Science

Mike Hough

University of London - Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Ben Bradford

University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology

Katrin Hohl

City University London; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Monica M. Gerber

London School of Economics & Political Science - Methodology Institute

Date Written: September 1, 2014

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Public confidence, trust, legitimacy, compliance, policing, criminal courts, european social survey, measurement equivalence

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Jonathan and Kuha, Jouni and Hough, Mike and Bradford, Ben and Hohl, Katrin and Gerber, Monica M., Trust and Legitimacy Across Europe: A FIDUCIA Report on Comparative Public Attitudes Towards Legal Authority (September 1, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2272975 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2272975

Jonathan Jackson (Contact Author)

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Jouni Kuha

London School of Economics and Political Science ( email )

Mike Hough

University of London - Institute for Criminal Policy Research ( email )

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Ben Bradford

University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology ( email )

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Katrin Hohl

City University London ( email )

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Monica M. Gerber

London School of Economics & Political Science - Methodology Institute ( email )

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London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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