Popular Legitimacy and the Exercise of Legal Authority : Motivating Compliance , Cooperation and Engagement

  title={Popular Legitimacy and the Exercise of Legal Authority : Motivating Compliance , Cooperation and Engagement},
  author={Tom R. Tyler},
The traditional goal of legal authorities has been to obtain widespread public compliance with the law and legal directives. Empirical research findings have shown that legitimacy – typically operationalized as felt obligation to obey authorizes and trust and confidence in the relevant institutions – plays an important role in achieving such compliance. But over time the goals of legal authorities have broadened in two ways. First, they increasingly include the desire to motivate willing… 

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