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What price fairness when security is at stake?: police legitimacy in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-30 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T18:30:22Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T18:30:22Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2320
dc.description.abstract The legitimacy of legal authorities particularly the police is central to the state's ability to function in a normatively justifiable and effective manner. Studies, mostly conducted in the US and UK, regularly find that procedural justice is the most important antecedent of police legitimacy, with judgments about other aspects of police behavior notably, about effectiveness appearing less relevant. But this idea has received only sporadic testing in less cohesive societies where social order is more tenuous, resources to sustain it scarcer, and the position of the police is less secure. This paper considers whether the link between process fairness and legitimacy holds in the challenging context of present day South Africa. In a high crime and socially divided society, do people still emphasize procedural fairness or are they more interested in instrumental effectiveness? How is the legitimacy of the police influenced by the wider problems faced by the South African state. We find procedural fairness judgments play a key role, but also that South Africans place greater emphasis on police effectiveness (and concerns about crime). Police legitimacy is, furthermore, associated with citizens' judgments about the wider success and trustworthiness of the state. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en
dc.subject SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICES en
dc.subject SECURITY en
dc.subject JUSTICE en
dc.title What price fairness when security is at stake?: police legitimacy in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 8 en
dc.BudgetYear 2014/15 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Regulation & Governance en
dc.PlaceOfPublication New Jersey, USA en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8293 en
dc.PageNumber 246-268 en
dc.outputnumber 7020 en
dc.bibliographictitle Bradford, B., Huq, A., Jackson, J. & Roberts, B. (2014) What price fairness when security is at stake?: police legitimacy in South Africa. <i>Regulation & Governance</i>. 8:246-268. en
dc.publicationyear 2014 en
dc.contributor.author1 Bradford, B. en
dc.contributor.author2 Huq, A. en
dc.contributor.author3 Jackson, J. en
dc.contributor.author4 Roberts, B. en


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