Trust in Justice

Article submitted to Uslaner, E. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Social and Political Trust

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 43/2016

29 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2016

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Ben Bradford

University College London - Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

Jonathan Jackson

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

Mike Hough

King's College London - Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Date Written: June 17, 2016

Abstract

This article considers what it means for citizens to trust the police and criminal courts. First, a broad definition of trust it outlined. Four theories of trust formation and reproduction are then used to derive a set of propositions concerning the sources of trust in the legal system and the factors that sustain and/or undermine it. A brief review of existing criminological research that provides evidence as to the relevance of these factors is also provided. The article closes with a discussion of the relationship between the concepts of trust and legitimacy in the context of the criminal justice system.

Keywords: Police, courts, criminal justice system, trust, legitimacy

Suggested Citation

Bradford, Ben and Jackson, Jonathan and Hough, Mike, Trust in Justice (June 17, 2016). Article submitted to Uslaner, E. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Social and Political Trust, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 43/2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2797198

Ben Bradford (Contact Author)

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Jonathan Jackson

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Mike Hough

King's College London - Institute for Criminal Policy Research ( email )

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