Journal Article

Procedural Justice, Trust, and Institutional Legitimacy

Mike Hough, Jonathan Jackson, Ben Bradford, Andy Myhill and Paul Quinton

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 4, issue 3, pages 203-210
Published in print August 2010 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online July 2010 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
Procedural Justice, Trust, and Institutional Legitimacy

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This paper summarizes ‘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. Some recent survey findings are presented in support of this perspective.

Journal Article.  3703 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Policing

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