Why do Swedes cooperate with the police? : A SEM analysis of Tyler’s procedural justice model

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Why do Swedes cooperate with the police? : A SEM analysis of Tyler’s procedural justice model
Author(s) Van Damme, Anjuli ; Pauwels, Lieven ; Svensson, Robert
Date 2015
English abstract
The present article examines why Swedes cooperate with the police using the framework of the procedural justice theory. This theory assumes that trust in procedural justice and in the effectiveness of the police are important issues in shaping citizens’ perceptions of police legitimacy. Additionally, perceived legitimacy is necessary for the recognition of police authority. When citizens recognize the right of the police to exercise authority, they are assumed to feel an obligation to obey the police, and ultimately they will have a greater tendency to cooperate with them. Because of the ongoing discussion about the meaning and conceptualization of the concept of ‘legitimacy’, some additional ideas are described and are also taken into account in the model that we tested. We used structural equation modelling (SEM) to do the analysis, which was conducted on data available from the European Social Survey (ESS) Round 5. The results indicate that trust in the procedural justice of the police plays an important role in the explanation of citizens’ willingness to cooperate with the police through perceptions of moral alignment and feelings of obligation to obey the police. However, there is still a high percentage of individual variance in willingness to cooperate with the police that cannot be explained by the model we tested. The implications of the findings are discussed.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10610-013-9224-4 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research;1
Volume 21
ISSN 0928-1371
Pages 15-33
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) cooperation
European Social Survey
Procedural justice
Trust in the police
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19366 (link to this page)

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