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    Trust in justice

    Bradford, B. and Jackson, J. and Hough, Mike (2017) Trust in justice. In: Uslaner, R. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Social and Political Trust. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190274801.

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    This article considers what it means for citizens to trust the police and criminal courts. First, a broad definition of trust is outlined. Four theories of trust formation and reproduction are then used to derive a set of propositions concerning the sources of trust in the legal system and the factors that sustain and/or undermine it. A brief review of existing criminological research that provides evidence on the relevance of these factors is also provided. The article closes with a discussion of the relationship between the concepts of trust and legitimacy in the context of the criminal justice system.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): police, courts, criminal justice system, trust, legitimacy
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Crime & Justice Policy Research, Institute for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2017 09:31
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:27


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