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Acts that Legitimate: Widening the Array of Predicate Policing Practices

29 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2016 Last revised: 8 Mar 2016

Aziz Z. Huq

University of Chicago - Law School

Jonathan Jackson

London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology

Rick Trinkner

Arizona State University

Date Written: March 1, 2016

Abstract

Procedural justice theory predicts a relationship between police behavior, individuals’ normative evaluation of police, and decisions to comply with laws. Yet, prior studies of procedural justice have rather narrowly defined the potentially relevant predicates of police behavior. This study expands the scope of procedural justice theory by considering a broad array of policing components, including unobserved actions such as electronic surveillance, respecting the limits of one’s legal authority, and the unequal or equal distribution of policing resources between different groups. Analyzing data from a national probability sample of adults in England and Wales, we (a) present a comprehensive investigation of the heterogeneous elements of policing related to legitimacy judgments and (b) contribute to debate about the nature of legitimacy.

Keywords: Policing, Procedural Justice, Distributive Justice, Surveillance, Legitimacy, Police-citizen Encounters

JEL Classification: K41

Suggested Citation

Huq, Aziz Z. and Jackson, Jonathan and Trinkner, Rick, Acts that Legitimate: Widening the Array of Predicate Policing Practices (March 1, 2016). U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 570. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2740631 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2740631

Aziz Z. Huq

University of Chicago - Law School ( email )

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Jonathan Jackson (Contact Author)

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

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Rick Trinkner

Arizona State University ( email )

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Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States

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