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Researching trust in the police and trust in justice: a UK perspective

Hough, Mike (2012) Researching trust in the police and trust in justice: a UK perspective. Policing and Society 22 (3), pp. 332-345. ISSN 1043-9463.

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This paper describes the immediate and more distant origins of a programme of comparative research that is examining cross-national variations in public trust in justice and in the police. The programme is built around a module of the fifth European Social Survey, and evolved from a study funded by the European Commission. The paper describes the conceptual framework within which we are operating – developed in large measure from theories of procedural justice. It reviews some of the methodological issues raised by the use of sample surveys to research issues of public trust in the police, public perceptions of institutional legitimacy and compliance with the law. Finally it gives a flavour of some of the early findings emerging from the programme.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): trust in police, police legitimacy, procedural justice, European Social Survey
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Law
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2012 09:16
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2014 23:11

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