The utility and limitations of the concentric diagram of legitimacy: Commentary on Hamm and Colleagues

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Abstract

Hamm et al.’s (Legal Criminol. Psychol., 27, 2022) concentric diagram of legitimacy has a lot to offer by providing order and structure to a disjointed and sometimes confusing literature. However, enthusiasm for the concentric diagram wanes when considering its potential as a catalyst for the development of an integrated theory of legitimacy. The current renaissance of legitimacy studies owes much to the efforts of scholars in pushing the envelope of this elusive concept by drawing from a broad set of perspectives – both within and outside legitimacy studies – to address an array of research questions. Scholars should engage and leverage this diversity, not curtail it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-165
Number of pages6
JournalLegal and Criminological Psychology
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • integrated theory
  • police
  • police legitimacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Applied Psychology

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