English title: Trust in the police: A European cross-country comparative analysis using fsQCA

Author(s): Harry Barton -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2014

Abstract

The maintenance of public order and the control of crime are clearly amongst the primary objectives of global law enforcement agencies. An important antecedent to this is the consideration of public trust in their police service. Using data from the European Social Survey, this exploratory study investigates how public social indicators may be related to the level of trust in a country’s police service. With the investigation exposited around results from analyses using fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA), multiply conjunctional causal configurations of the considered social indicators are established. A consequence of using fsQCA, asymmetric causal configurations are identified for the relative high and low limiting levels of trust towards the police in the considered countries. The results offer novel insights into the relationship between social indicators and police trust, as well as expositing a nascent technique (fsQCA) that may offer future potential in this area.

Conference name: 13th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management. Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Start date: Jun 26, 2014

Type: Paper