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50 J. Res. Crime & Delinquency 3 (2013)

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Article


                                               journal of Research in Crime and
                                                             Delinquency
The Effects of                                        KTheAuth2
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Security         Threats                     sagepub.com/jourflsPermisios.av

on    Antecedents               of                        ircd.sagepub.com

Police Legitimacy:                                          OGE

Findings from a

Quasi-Experiment

in   Israel


Tal  Jonathan-Zamir' and David Weisburd12





Abstract
Objectives:  Examine the relative importance of police performance and
Rprocedural justice as antecedents of police legitimacy in situations of
acute security threats, in comparison to situations of no threat. Method:
A unique security situation in Israel allowed for a natural experiment. Using
survey data and a multivariate regression approach, the authors compare
the importance of procedural justice and police performance in Sderot,
an Israeli town facing immediate security threats, with other Israeli commu-
nities that did not suffer from specific security threats at the time. Results:
As expected, assessments of police performance did increase in importance
for the public under threat. At the same time and contrary to the authors'


A The Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University ofJerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
2 The Department of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA,
USA

Corresponding Author:
Tal Jonathan-Zamir, Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem
91905, Israel.
Email: tal.jonathan@mail.huji.ac.il

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