3. Juni 2019 /

Vortrag von Frank R. Baumgartner am 3. Juni 2019: Racial Profiling in Traffic Stops

Vortrag im Rahmen der Forschungskolloquien von Prof. Dr. André Bächtiger und Prof. Dr. Patrick Bernhagen

Zeit und Ort: Montag, 03.06.2019, 15:45 – 17:15 Uhr, M 11.62 (K I, Keplerstraße 11)

See the link to our book, which will be the topic of my talk (below).

I also will focus to some extent on a paper which extends the book project, focusing on the representative-bureaucracy question of the effect of the race and gender of the police officer on traffic stops outcomes for different drivers. That paper is linked below, and the abstract is here:

We evaluate the factors associated with an officer’s decision to search the driver or vehicle after a routine traffic stop. Racial disparities in search rates by race of driver are similar for all types of officers; all tend to search Black male drivers at higher rates than any other demographic, but White male officers have higher search rates for all types of drivers. We discuss the implications of these findings both in terms of racial disparities in policing as well as with regard to theories of bureaucratic representation. Demographic representation in the police force has powerful implications not only for the satisfaction of citizens in their interactions with police, a finding others have previously noted, but for the outcomes of these interactions. Search rates are reduced by increased diversity on the force, but racial differences in those searches may not be.

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