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Self-legitimacy, Police Culture and Support for Democratic Policing in an English Constabulary

Bradford, B; Quinton, P; (2014) Self-legitimacy, Police Culture and Support for Democratic Policing in an English Constabulary. British Journal of Criminology , 54 (6) pp. 1023-1046. 10.1093/bjc/azu053. Green open access

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Abstract

When do police officers feel confident in their own authority? What factors influence their sense of their own legitimacy? What is the effect of such ‘self-legitimacy’ on the way they think about policing? This article addresses these questions using a survey of police officers working in an English Constabulary. We find that the most powerful predictor of officers’ confidence in their own authority is identification with their organization, itself something strongly associated with perceptions of the procedural justice of senior management. A greater sense of self-legitimacy is in turn linked to greater commitment to democratic modes of policing. Finally, we find that this sense of legitimacy is embedded in a matrix of identities and cultural adaptations within the police organization.

Type: Article
Title: Self-legitimacy, Police Culture and Support for Democratic Policing in an English Constabulary
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azu053
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azu053
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.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/10088278
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