Compliance and Legal Authority

Jonathan Jackson, Tom R. Tyler, Mike Hough, Ben Bradford, Avital Mentovich

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This article addresses the question of how public compliance with the criminal law is cultivated and sustained. We first consider the empirical evidence for instrumental and normative modes of compliance and social regulation. After arguing that normative compliance with the criminal law is ethically and practically preferable to that secured by instrumental models of crime control, we outline some future directions of research into procedural justice and legitimacy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - 26 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Compliance
  • Cooperation
  • Crime
  • Deterrence
  • Legal authority
  • Legitimacy
  • Procedural justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)


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