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Explaining Majority and Minority Trust in the Police

NCJ Number
Justice Quarterly Volume: 30 Issue: 6 Dated: December 2013 Pages: 1042-1067
Maarten Van Craen
Date Published
December 2013
26 pages
This article tests the trust of majority and minority group members in the police.
This article tests the contribution that social capital theory, performance theory, and the procedural justice-based model can make towards explaining the trust of majority and minority group members in the police. The central research questions are: (1) do the same factors determine their levels of trust? and (2) are the effects parallel? To answer these questions, we carried out regression analyses on data collected from majority and minority group members living in Belgium (960 face-to-face interviews). The results show that, although the three theories offer explanatory elements for members of both majority and minority groups, the explanation of their trust in the police is not identical. Implications for research and theorization are discussed. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.