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Expanding ‘Appropriate’ Police Behavior Beyond Procedural Justice: Bounded Authority & the Legitimation of the Law


Rick Trinkner


Arizona State University

Jonathan Jackson


London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology

Tom Tyler


Yale University - Law School

October 2, 2016


Abstract:     
This paper draws upon recent work in the field of legal socialization (Trinkner & Tyler, in press; Tyler & Trinkner, in press) to expand previous conceptualizations of appropriate police behavior beyond procedural justice. The focus of the current study is on the role of bounded authority – i.e. respecting the limits of one’s power – and its association with perceptions of police legitimacy, legal legitimacy, and compliance. Using survey data from a nationally representative sample of US adults, we show that concerns over bounded authority, respectful treatment, and neutral decision-making combine to form a strong predictor of police and legal legitimacy. Additionally, legal legitimacy is associated with greater compliance behavior, even while controlling for personal morality and perceived likelihood of sanctions. Our conclusions address some future directions of research, particularly in the extension of procedural justice theory.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: Procedural justice, Legal socialization, Legitimacy, Public contact with the police, Trust, Compliance, Policing by consent

JEL Classification: K40, K41


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Date posted: October 3, 2016  

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Trinkner, Rick and Jackson, Jonathan and Tyler, Tom, Expanding ‘Appropriate’ Police Behavior Beyond Procedural Justice: Bounded Authority & the Legitimation of the Law (October 2, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2846659 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2846659

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Rick Trinkner (Contact Author)
Arizona State University ( email )
411 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States
Jonathan Jackson
London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology ( email )
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London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
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Tom Tyler
Yale University - Law School ( email )
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New Haven, CT 06520-8215
United States

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