Police-citizen relations are in the public spotlight following outbursts of anger and violence. Such clashes often happen as a response to fatal police shootings, racial or ethnic discrimination, or the mishandling of mass protests. But even in such cases, citizens' assessment of the police differs considerably across social groups. This raises the question of the sources and impediments of citizens' trust and support for police. Why are police-citizen relations much better in some countries than in others? Are police-minority relations doomed to be strained? And which police practices and policing policies generate trust and legitimacy?
Research on police legitimacy has been centred on US experiences, and relied on procedural justice as the main theoretical approach. This book questions whether this approach is suitable and sufficient to understand public attitudes towards the police across different countries and regions of the world. This volume shows that the impact of macro-level conditions, of societal cleavages, and of state and political institutions on police-citizen relations has too often been neglected in contemporary research.
Building on empirical studies from around the world as well as cross-national comparisons, this volume considerably expands current perspectives on the sources of police legitimacy and citizens' trust in the police. Combining the analysis of micro-level interactions with a perspective on the contextual framework and varying national conditions, the contributions to this book illustrate the strength of a broadened perspective and lead us to ask how specific national frameworks shape the experiences of policing.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 308
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
"Through its collection of essays from Europe, the United States, and non-Western countries, Police-Citizen Relations around the World both expands the horizons of the police trust and legitimacy literature, and challenges the generalizability of procedural justice assumptions. By providing a comparative and global perspective, it substantially enriches scholarly understanding of the causes of police legitimacy and effectiveness. It is an essential reading for scholars and policy makers interested in procedural justice, police legitimacy, or police effectiveness."
- Professor Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovic, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, USA
"Issues of trust in the police and of police legitimacy are among the most pressing matters facing politicians and academics. Bringing together the best scholars and the most up-to-date data, Police-Citizen Relations Across the World offers a comprehensive, global perspective on the subject. No-one interested in the subject can afford to be without it."
- Professor Tim Newburn, Department of Social Policy, LSE, UK
"This volume offers police scholars what is sorely needed - a truly cross-national, comparative perspective on the fundamental challenges of police legitimacy and public trust. The thirteen chapters present rigorous empirical inquiry by leading police researchers, who illuminate the complexities of forging strong police-community relations in a variety of settings - the U.S., Europe, and non-Western nations. They explore similarities and differences across and within national borders. They raise serious questions about the impact of procedural justice in different national settings. Police-Citizen Relations Across the World will broaden your perspective on a timeless issue for democracies around the world and shows the path for a rich new global trajectory for police research."
- Stephen Mastrofski, University Professor, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University, USA
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