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Corruption and Police Legitimacy in Lahore, Pakistan

22 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2014  

Jonathan Jackson

London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology

Muhammad Asif

University of the Punjab

Ben Bradford

University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology

Muhammad Zakria Zakar

University of the Punjab (PU)

Date Written: April 6, 2014

Abstract

Police legitimacy is an important topic of criminological research, yet it has received only sporadic study in societies where there is widespread police corruption, where the position of the police is less secure, and where social order is more tenuous. Drawing on data from a probability sample survey of adults in Lahore, Pakistan, we examine the empirical links between the experience of police corruption, perceptions of the fairness and effectiveness of the police, and beliefs about the legitimacy of the police. In a context in which minimal effectiveness and integrity is still to be established, we find that police legitimacy rests not just on procedural justice but also the demonstrated ability to control crime and act ethically.

Keywords: policing, trust, legitimacy, corruption, procedural justice, Pakistan

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Jonathan and Asif, Muhammad and Bradford, Ben and Zakar, Muhammad Zakria, Corruption and Police Legitimacy in Lahore, Pakistan (April 6, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2421036 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2421036

Jonathan Jackson (Contact Author)

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

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Muhammad Asif

University of the Punjab ( email )

New Campus, University of the Punjab, Lahore.
Lahore, Punjab 54590
Pakistan

Ben Bradford

University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology ( email )

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Manor Road
Oxford, OX1 3UQ
United Kingdom

Muhammad Zakria Zakar

University of the Punjab (PU) ( email )

New Campus
Pakistan
Lahore, Punjab 54000
Pakistan

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