Police Legitimacy Among Immigrants in Europe

31 Pages Posted: 26 May 2017

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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

Date Written: May 26, 2017

Abstract

In this paper data from the European Social Survey are used to explore the association between immigration and police legitimacy. Starting from the assumption that police legitimacy will vary between immigrant and non-immigrant populations, we consider three distinct sets of variable that might explain such variation: contact with the police, group position, and the change in frames of reference associated with the act of migration. Findings suggest, first, that variables from all three groups predict legitimacy, with police contact emerging as the most important. Second, conditional on these factors some groups of immigrants, particularly those who migrated as children, tend to grant the police less legitimacy than either other immigrants or the ‘native born’.

Keywords: Police legitimacy, Immigration, European Social Survey

Suggested Citation

Bradford, Ben and Jackson, Jonathan, Police Legitimacy Among Immigrants in Europe (May 26, 2017). Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 40/2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2975202 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2975202

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