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Good Policing: Trust, Legitimacy and Authority

Mike Hough


This book conveys the ideas behind procedural justice theory as they apply to policing. It sets out important but complex ideas in jargon-free language to non-specialist readers with an interest in policing – including serving police officers and police recruits as they embark on a degree-level entry programme into the police service. The book’s main message is that public trust in the police builds police legitimacy, and people comply with the law and cooperate with the police when they see the police as legitimate. It argues that public trust in the police serves as the bedrock of police leg ... More

Keywords: Policing, Trust, Legitimacy, Compliance, Rule of Law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447355076
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447355076.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mike Hough, author
Birkbeck, University of London