English title: Researching trust in the police and trust in justice: a UK perspective

Author(s): Mike Hough -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2012


This paper describes the immediate and more distant origins of a programme of comparative research that is examining cross-national variations in public trust in justice and in the police. The programme is built around a module of the fifth European Social Survey, and evolved from a study funded by the European Commission. The paper describes the conceptual framework within which we are operating – developed in large measure from theories of procedural justice. It reviews some of the methodological issues raised by the use of sample surveys to research issues of public trust in the police, public perceptions of institutional legitimacy and compliance with the law. Finally it gives a flavour of some of the early findings emerging from the programme.

Volume: 22

Issue: 3

From page no: 332

To page no: 345

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2012.671826

Journal: Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy

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