Boulevard Zuid in Rotterdam: Een onderzoek naar het vertrouwen van winkeliers in politie en gemeente

Marc Schuilenburg, Laura Messie, Darnell De Vries

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In this article, we analyze which aspects of performance theory and the procedural justice-based model are explaining the trust of shopkeepers in the police and local government. Utilizing a survey of 156 shopkeepers and 94 semi-constructed interviews with shopkeepers, which are located at the South Shopping Boulevard in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), the study finds that shopkeepers have a relatively high trust in the police and local government. This is surprising because various attempts in the past 30 years to revive the high street by the government have failed to improve its bad image, as dwindling visitor numbers, poor turnover, limited range of retailers, empty shops and high crime and offence levels show only too plainly. The findings also highlight that ethnic minority respondents have more trust in local government than Dutch shopkeepers. The explanation therefor is sought in the dual frame of reference theory.
Original languageDutch
Article number4
Pages (from-to)38-53
Number of pages16
JournalTijdschrift voor veiligheid
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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