Understanding cooperation with police in a diverse society

Murphy, Kristina and Cherney, Adrian (2012) Understanding cooperation with police in a diverse society. British Journal of Criminology, 52 1: 181-201. doi:10.1093/bjc/azr065

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Author Murphy, Kristina
Cherney, Adrian
Title Understanding cooperation with police in a diverse society
Journal name British Journal of Criminology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-0955
Publication date 2012-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/bjc/azr065
Open Access Status
Volume 52
Issue 1
Start page 181
End page 201
Total pages 21
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Past research has shown that procedural justice enhances an authority’s legitimacy and encourages people to cooperate with them. However, this past research has examined legitimacy by focusing solely on the perceived legitimacy of authorities and has ignored how people may perceive the legitimacy of the laws and rules authorities enforce. This distinction has 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 1,203 Australians, this paper explores how procedural justice and both institutional and legal legitimacy impact on people’s willingness to cooperate with police. The findings will be explained using Braithwaite’s 2003; 2010) social distancing framework.
Keyword Policing
Procedural justice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Advance Access publication 19 August 2011

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