Trust and Legitimacy in Criminal Justice

European Perspectives

  • Gorazd Meško
  • Justice Tankebe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Legitimacy and Criminal Justice

  3. Exploring Trust and Legitimacy in Police

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Jonathan Jackson, Mike Hough, Ben Bradford, Jouni Kuha
      Pages 137-160
    3. Jerneja Šifrer, Gorazd Meško, Matevž Bren
      Pages 161-187
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 279-293

About this book


The book explores police legitimacy and crime control, with a focus on the European region. Using comparative case studies, the contributions to this timely volume examine the effects of a transition to democracy on policing, public attitudes towards police legitimacy, and the ways in which perceptions of police legitimacy relate to compliance with the law. 

Following these case studies, the authors provide recommendations for improving police legitimacy and controlling crime, in these particular sociopolitical environments, where the police are often associated with previous military or paramilitary roles. The techniques used by these researchers may be applied to studies for policing in other regions, with potential applications within Europe and beyond. Chapters present topical issues of crime, crime control and human emotions regarding crime, criminals, law enforcement and punishment in contemporary societies.

This book will be of interest to researchers in criminology and criminal justice, as well as political science and public policy. 


Evidence-Based Criminology International and Comparative Criminology Police Studies Police Use of Force Policing Legitimacy Policing in Europe

Editors and affiliations

  • Gorazd Meško
    • 1
  • Justice Tankebe
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Criminal Justice and SecurityUniversity of MariborMaribor, LjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.Institute of CriminologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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