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dc.contributor.authorEisner, Manuel
dc.contributor.authorNivette, Amy
dc.contributor.editorJustice Tankebe and Alison Liebling
dc.description.abstractSome scholars argue that legitimacy (i.e. the right to rule) should be at the core of criminology as the science of rule making, rule breaking and rule enforcement (Bottoms & Tankebe, 2012; LaFree, 1998; Tyler, 1990). The claim is that legitimacy is a crucial theoretical construct for understanding the link between social order and crime, for explaining the motivations behind compliance with the law, and in bridging the gap between macro- and micro explanations of crime. This chapter reviews the empirical literature on whether legitimacy predicts crime. Findings suggest a weak effect in the predicted direction. However, it also identifies a number of limitations that future research should address. They include: 1) more consistent operationalisation of legitimacy, 2) better statistical control for potential confounding factors, 3) tests for alternative assumptions of the causal order between legitimacy and crime, 4) integration of macro- and micro-level research, and 5) more cross-cultural comparison.
dc.publisherOxford Scholarship Online
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleLegitimacy and Criminal Justice: An International Exploration
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCrime Policy
dc.titleDoes Low Legitimacy Cause Crime? A Review Of The Evidence
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chapters
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorNivette, Amy

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