Jackson on Procedural Justice & Poliice Legitimacy

Jonathan Jackson (London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) – Department of Methodology) has posted  Norms, Normativity and the Legitimacy of Justice Institutions: International Perspectives on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: This article reviews the international evidence on the nature, sources and consequences of police and legal legitimacy. In brief, I find that procedural justice is the strongest predictor of police legitimacy in most countries, although normative judgements about fair process may – in some contexts – be crowded out by public concerns about police effectiveness and corruption, the scale of the crime problem, and the association of the police with a historically oppressive and underperforming state. Legitimacy tends to be linked to people’s willingness to cooperate with the police, with only a small number of national exceptions, and there is fair amount of evidence that people who say they feel a moral duty…

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