Authors

Tom R. Tyler

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Legitimacy and criminal justice: The benefits of self-regulation, 7 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 307-359 (2009)

Abstract

In this lecture I argue for the value of a self-regulatory approach to law and criminal justice. I do so by first describing and critiquing the dominant approachto regulation in use today: deterrence. I suggest that in practice this model is costly and minimally effective in securing compliance with the law and motivating the acceptance of decisions made by police officers and judges. I then outline a different, self- regulatory model which focuses on engaging people's values as a basis for motivating voluntary deference to the law. I review empirical research suggesting that this strategy is both viable and more desirable than current sanction-based approaches. My argument is that this approach is particularly important when the goal is voluntary compliance with the law and/or willing cooperation with legal authorities.

Date of Authorship for this Version

2009

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Legitimacy and criminal justice: The benefits of self-regulation, 7 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 307-359 (2009)

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