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Public Views About Police Misconduct and Police Integrity in a Comparative Perspective

  • Sanja Kutnjak Ivković
  • Irena Cajner Mraović
  • Vladimir Božović
  • Barbara Prprović
  • Nikolina Nemec
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Abstract

This chapter compares public opinion about police misconduct and police integrity in Croatia and Serbia. Three decades ago, Croatia and Serbia were parts of the same country (the former Yugoslavia). Since the early 1990s and the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia, the ensuing transitional processes in the two countries took somewhat different turns and potentially created separate and two distinct political and social cultures. The respondents in the study include 786 college students from Croatia and Serbia. The results of our study indicate that in about half of the scenarios the Croatian respondents evaluated police misconduct, particularly police corruption, as somewhat more serious than the Serbian respondents, although the differences were not large. Surveyed citizens in both countries are not quite willing to report most forms of police misconduct and would rather tolerate them in silence.

Keywords

Police integrity Police misconduct Croatia Serbia Public opinion Police legitimacy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanja Kutnjak Ivković
    • 1
  • Irena Cajner Mraović
    • 2
    • 3
  • Vladimir Božović
    • 4
  • Barbara Prprović
    • 5
  • Nikolina Nemec
    • 6
  1. 1.School of Criminal JusticeMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Department of Croatian StudiesUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  3. 3.City Assembly of the City of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  4. 4.Department of Public Security at the Ministry of InteriorBelgradeSerbia
  5. 5.Croatian Red Cross SocietyČakovecCroatia
  6. 6.Department of Tourism, Entrepreneurship, and Development ProjectsLudbregCroatia

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