Why People Obey the Law

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Princeton University Press, 2006 - Law - 299 pages
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People obey the law if they believe it's legitimate, not because they fear punishment--this is the startling conclusion of Tom Tyler's classic study. Tyler suggests that lawmakers and law enforcers would do much better to make legal systems worthy of respect than to try to instill fear of punishment. He finds that people obey law primarily because they believe in respecting legitimate authority.

In his fascinating new afterword, Tyler brings his book up to date by reporting on new research into the relative importance of legal legitimacy and deterrence, and reflects on changes in his own thinking since his book was first published.

  

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an informative guide into the chicago study, exploring the design, the findings and the shortcomings of the study whilst offering commentary on the ultimate question as to why people obey the law, this is a must if you want to study criminology! Read full review

Contents

Procedural Justice Legitimacy and Compliance
3
Design of the Chicago Study
8
Legitimacy and Compliance
17
Legitimacy as a Theoretical Issue
19
Measuring Legitimacy and Compliance
40
Does Legitimacy Contribute Independently to Compliance?
57
Citizens Concerns When Dealing with Legal Authorities
69
What Do People Want from Legal Authorities?
71
Beyond Control
135
Conclusions
159
The Antecedents of Compliant Behavior
161
The Psychology of Legitimacy
170
Questionnaire Used in First Wave of Chicago Study
179
Coefficient Alphas for Scales Used in the Analysis
220
Frequency Data
221
Notes
231

Measuring the Psychological Variables
85
Does Experience Influence Legitimacy?
94
The Meaning of Procedural Justice
113
The Psychology of Procedural Justice
115
The Influence of Control on the Meaning of Procedural Justice
125
References
253
Afterword
269
Index
295
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Tom R. Tyler is the Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School.

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