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12 October 2012

Psychology of Procedural Justice and Cooperation

By: Tom R. Tyler, Yale Law School, Jonathan Jackson, Methodology Institute and Mannheim Centre for Criminology, LSE, Ben Bradford, Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford

Chapter for the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, edited by G. Bruinsma and D. Weisburd. Springer-Verlag.

The present article begins from the shared assumption that voluntary deference and willing cooperation from the people with whom legal authorities usually deal are beneficial to both the institutions themselves and the fulfillment of their tasks.

The article then analyzes the key elements, which are able to influence and improve such a co-operation. The conclusion is that institutions being viewed as legitimate play an important role in gaining such co-operation.
Since legitimacy is based on procedural fairness (i.e. procedural justice), if legal institutions exercise their authority fairly, they would build legitimacy and increase both willing deference to rules and the decisions of the police and the courts, as well as the motivation to help with the aim of maintaining social order in the community.

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