English title: Policing by Consent: Topline Results (UK) from Round 5

Author(s): Jonathan Jackson - Mike Hough - Ben Bradford - Katrin Hohl - Jouni Kuha -

Language: English

Type: Report, working paper

Year: 2012


This is the first of the European Social Survey (ESS) Country Specific Topline Results reports. Focusing on the Round 5 module entitled ‘trust in justice’ (and the UK data, which has a sample size of 2,422),2 we link people’s perceptions of police legitimacy to their compliance with the law and their willingness to cooperate with the police and criminal courts.3 We also extend the existing literature by addressing wider forms of trust and people’s attachment to order and security. Our specific focus in this report is to test analytical models of the links between people’s contact with the police, their trust in the police, their perceptions of the legitimacy of the police and law, their compliance with the law, and their willingness to cooperate with legal authorities in the UK. We frame the findings in the context of a long and rich history of policing by consent. We show the value of the ESS in testing theoretical models, and demonstrate its value to public policy and practice.

Edition: 0

Institution: European Social Survey

Number of pages: 16

Number: 1

Series: ESS Country Specific Topline Results

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