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Police legitimacy and protest policing: a case study of Hong Kong

Dennis Lai Hang Hui (Department of Social Science, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, China)
Ryan Chi Yan Au (Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, China)

Asian Education and Development Studies

ISSN: 2046-3162

Article publication date: 30 September 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the interplay between police legitimacy and protest policing with reference to the case of Hong Kong.

Design/methodology/approach

This study will review the concepts of police legitimacy and protest policing and examine the evolving policing practices in Hong Kong since 2010.

Findings

The study argues that the increasing polarisation of society could render policing protest a potential source of problem for sustaining police legitimacy.

Originality/value

This is a pioneering study that looks at the interplay between police legitimacy and protest policing.

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Citation

Lai Hang Hui, D. and Chi Yan Au, R. (2014), "Police legitimacy and protest policing: a case study of Hong Kong", Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 223-234. https://doi.org/10.1108/AEDS-07-2014-0030

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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