English title: The Roots and Routes to Compliance and Citizens’ Cooperation with the Belgian Police

Author(s): Anjuli Van Damme -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013


Procedural justice theory assumes that trust in procedural justice and in the effectiveness of the police are important issues for building the legitimacy of the aforementioned institution. Additionally, the perception of police legitimacy, as a result of public trust, is necessary for the recognition of police authority. When citizens recognize the right of the police to determine authority, they are assumed to feel the obligation to obey the police and ultimately comply with the law and cooperate with the police. This theoretical framework has mainly been tested in Anglo-Saxon countries. Hence, the purpose of this contribution is to test the key assumptions of procedural justice theory in the Belgian context using data from the European Social Survey (ESS). Little evidence was found for the procedural justice theory in the Belgian context.

Volume: 1

Issue: 1

From page no: 40

To page no: 63

Refereed: Yes


Journal: European Journal of Policing Studies

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