Understanding minority group willingness to cooperate with police: Taking another look at legitimacy research

Murphy, Kristina and Cherney, Adrian (2010) Understanding minority group willingness to cooperate with police: Taking another look at legitimacy research. Alfred Deakin Research Institute. Working Paper Series, 15 1-27.

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Author Murphy, Kristina
Cherney, Adrian
Title Understanding minority group willingness to cooperate with police: Taking another look at legitimacy research
Journal name Alfred Deakin Research Institute. Working Paper Series
ISSN 1837-7432
1837-7440
ISBN 9781921745140
1921745142
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 15
Start page 1
End page 27
Total pages 27
Editor Kristina Murphy
Place of publication Geelong, VIC, Australia
Publisher Alfred Deakin Research Institute
Language eng
Subject 940403 Criminal Justice
940402 Crime Prevention
160204 Criminological Theories
160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Formatted abstract
Past research has shown that procedural justice generally enhances an authority's legitimacy and encourages people to cooperate and comply with their decisions and rules. However, this past research has examined legitimacy by focussing solely on the perceived legitimacy of authorities and has tended to ignore how people may also perceive the legitimacy of the laws and rules those authorities enforce. Such a distinction has particular relevance to the policing of ethnic minority groups who may come from different cultures or countries where distrust in the law and legal institutions is prevalent. Using survey data collected from a random sample of 1204 Australians, this paper explores both forms of legitimacy and their impact on people's willingness to cooperate with police. Replicating prior research, it will be demonstrated that police legitimacy mediates the effect of procedural justice on people's willingness to cooperate with police.

Importantly, it will be shown that one's perceptions of the legitimacy of the law moderates the impact of procedural justice on people's willingness to cooperate with police, with procedural justice promoting cooperation more effectively for those who question the legitimacy of the law. Interestingly, this effect is further moderated by ethnicity. The findings will be explained using Braithwaite's (2003) social distancing framework.
© Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University
Keyword Police
Diverse society
Cooperation
Law Enforcement
Police - Australia
Problem-oriented policing
Minorities--Australia
Ethnic groups - Australia
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Authors' draft title: "Understanding cooperation with police in a diverse society: Taking another look at legitimacy research".

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