Review of Oberwittler, D. and Roche, S. (eds.). 2018. Police-citizen relations across the world: comparing sources and contexts of trust and legitimacy. New York: Routledge. Hardback: ISBN 9781138222861. Pp. 308

  • Chris GiacomantonioEmail author
Book Review

For practitioners and academics interested in understanding the drivers of trust in police, our contemporary model of police legitimacy revolves around several relatively constant empirically derived statements about the ways in which police–citizen interactions influence public trust and perceptions of institutional legitimacy. Years of scholarship on the matter has demonstrated—primarily in English-speaking western democracies—that citizens’ trust of, and perceptions of legitimacy towards, criminal justice institutions are influenced by their direct and vicarious experiences of those institutions, and in particular their perceptions of (procedural) justice embedded in those experiences. The more citizens trust police to treat citizens fairly, with dignity and respect, and to make decisions that are based on facts and reflect community values, the more those citizens perceive the police to have legitimate authority to make demands and ask for assistance. Citizens’ individual and...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Halifax Regional PoliceHalifaxCanada

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