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The role of procedural justice in the relationship between the police and citizens

(2017)
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Previous foreign research has highlighted the importance of procedurally just or fair handling by the police in their interactions with citizens. According to the procedural justice theory (Tyler, 1988), procedurally just treatment by the police enhances citizens’ perceptions of police legitimacy which also affect their willingness to obey the police and even cooperate with them in dealing with crime and disorder. In other words, the theory states that procedurally just policing is assumed to influence citizens’ attitudes, and even their behaviour. The aim of this doctoral study was therefore to study procedural justice, not only from the citizen's perspective by the use of surveys, but also, as it is expressed during police–citizen interactions, by the use of systematic social observations (SSO). The key assumption of procedural justice theory was tested on both kinds of data. In addition, in this doctoral study it is also tried to improve the measurements used in procedural justice surveys and SSO research.
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procedural justice, police, citizens

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Van Damme, Anjuli. The Role of Procedural Justice in the Relationship between the Police and Citizens. Ghent University. Faculty of Law, 2017.
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Van Damme, A. (2017). The role of procedural justice in the relationship between the police and citizens. Ghent University. Faculty of Law, Ghent, Belgium.
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Van Damme, Anjuli. 2017. “The Role of Procedural Justice in the Relationship between the Police and Citizens.” Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Law.
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Van Damme, Anjuli. 2017. “The Role of Procedural Justice in the Relationship between the Police and Citizens.” Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Law.
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Van Damme A. The role of procedural justice in the relationship between the police and citizens. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Law; 2017.
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A. Van Damme, “The role of procedural justice in the relationship between the police and citizens,” Ghent University. Faculty of Law, Ghent, Belgium, 2017.
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  abstract     = {{Previous foreign research has highlighted the importance of procedurally just or fair handling by the police in their interactions with citizens. According to the procedural justice theory (Tyler, 1988), procedurally just treatment by the police enhances citizens’ perceptions of police legitimacy which also affect their willingness to obey the police and even cooperate with them in dealing with crime and disorder. In other words, the theory states that procedurally just policing is assumed to influence citizens’ attitudes, and even their behaviour. The aim of this doctoral study was therefore to study procedural justice, not only from the citizen's perspective by the use of surveys, but also, as it is expressed during police–citizen interactions, by the use of systematic social observations (SSO). The key assumption of procedural justice theory was tested on both kinds of data. In addition, in this doctoral study it is also tried to improve the measurements used in procedural justice surveys and SSO research.}},
  author       = {{Van Damme, Anjuli}},
  keywords     = {{procedural justice,police,citizens}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  pages        = {{XVI, 226}},
  publisher    = {{Ghent University. Faculty of Law}},
  school       = {{Ghent University}},
  title        = {{The role of procedural justice in the relationship between the police and citizens}},
  year         = {{2017}},
}