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The Anatomy of Police Legitimacy: Dialogue, Power and Procedural Justice

Martin, R; Bradford, B; (2019) The Anatomy of Police Legitimacy: Dialogue, Power and Procedural Justice. Theoretical Criminology 10.1177/1362480619890605. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

In a series of recent influential papers, Anthony Bottoms and Justice Tankebe make the case for a ‘dialogic model’ of police legitimacy, wherein legitimacy is envisaged as emergent in a process through which the police, as power-holders, make claims to authority which are, in turn, responded to by audiences. Our aim in this article is to analyse this model. We argue that while it has the potential to direct legitimacy research along paths hitherto poorly explored, there is a need for conceptual refinement and development in three key respects. First, through recognition of micro- and meso-levels of legitimation. Second, acknowledgement that police claims-making is contingent on the authorization and endorsement of other actors. Third, a fuller consideration of the qualified role of dialogue—i.e. communication between police and policed—in public audiences’ legitimacy assessments. In the spirit of critical engagement and conceptual exploration, this article develops these three insights to propose a modified version of the dialogic model.

Type: Article
Title: The Anatomy of Police Legitimacy: Dialogue, Power and Procedural Justice
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1362480619890605
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1362480619890605
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: dialogue, legitimacy, policing, power, procedural justice
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087257
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