Asian Journal of Criminology

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 305–308 | Cite as

Response to Criticism: Understanding the Conceptual and Measurement Models of Legitimacy

  • Ivan Y. SunEmail author
  • Yuning Wu
  • Luye Li

Legitimacy has been the focal concern of recent literature on public attitudes toward the police. The most popular theoretical framework perhaps is Tyler’s (1990) seminal work that links people’s views on procedural justice to police legitimacy and subsequently to cooperation with the police. Evidence from studies conducted in major democracies and non-Western developing countries as well as authoritarian regimes has largely supported the key propositions delineated by Tyler (Mazerolle et al. 2013). In addition to works following the Tylerian model, a thin line of inquiry has investigated different ways to conceptualize and operationalize police legitimacy. We recently joined this important endeavor by testing an alternative model on legitimacy proposed by Tankebe (2013). Our article (Sun et al. 2018), appeared in an earlier issue in AJOC, has drawn attention and discussion from other scholars (e.g., Jackson 2018; Jackson and Bradford 2019; Nix et al. 2019), which further highlights...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Criminal JusticeWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  3. 3.Department of Social and Behavioral ScienceSUNY Polytechnic InstituteUticaUSA

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