Article

Legitimacy and Lawful Policing

Sanja Kutnjak Ivković

in The Oxford Handbook of Crime and Criminal Justice

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395082
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195395082.013.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Legitimacy and Lawful Policing

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Policing
  • Penology and Punishment
  • Theories of Crime

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

This article is organized as follows. Section I focuses on the concept of police legitimacy, exploring it from the police agency perspective (i.e., why people obey the authority), and presents the empirical findings on legitimacy. Section II discusses what happens when police officers cross the line that separates legitimate and illegitimate conduct. Section III analyzes traditional and novel responses to the situations in which policing went wrong, including internal mechanisms (e.g., internal affairs, early warning systems), external mechanisms (e.g., criminal courts, independent commissions), and mixed mechanisms of control and accountability (e.g., accreditation, citizen reviews). Section IV reflects on the key issues and provides ideas for future research.

Keywords: police legitimacy; police agency; police officers; police conduct; control; accountability

Article.  22725 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Policing ; Penology and Punishment ; Theories of Crime

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.