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Compliance with the law and policing by consent: notes on police and legal legitimacy

By Jonathan Jackson, Ben Bradford, Mike Hough and K. H. Murray


This article summarises ‘procedural justice’ approaches to policing, contrasting these to the more politically dominant discourse about policing as crime control. It argues that public trust in policing is needed partly because this may result in public cooperation with justice, but more importantly because public trust in justice builds institutional legitimacy and thus public compliance with the law, and commitment to, the rule of law. We define police legitimacy as obligation to obey and moral alignment. We link police legitimacy to legal legitimacy/cynicism, and both to compliance with the law. Some recent survey findings are presented in support of this perspective

Topics: K Law (General)
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2012
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Provided by: LSE Research Online

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