“When passion breeds justice”: procedural fairness effects as a function of authority's passion
Article first published online: 29 APR 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 39, Issue 3, pages 384–400, April 2009
How to Cite
De Cremer, D. and den Ouden, N. (2009), “When passion breeds justice”: procedural fairness effects as a function of authority's passion. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 39: 384–400. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.529
- Issue published online: 9 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 29 APR 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 MAR 2008
- Manuscript Received: 21 MAY 2007
The present research examined how procedural fairness predicts negative emotions and withdrawal behavior as a function of authority's display of passion. A first study revealed that reinforcing the concept of passion made the concept of justice and fairness more accessible to participants, as such suggesting that authority passion should make people focus more on procedural fairness information. Corroborating this line of reasoning, a scenario experiment and a laboratory experiment thereafter yielded consistent evidence that the effects of procedural fairness (i.e., voice vs. no voice) were stronger on negative emotions and willingness to withdraw when the authority was passionate relative to not being passionate. In addition, the results of both studies also revealed that negative emotions mediated the effect of procedural fairness on withdrawal, but only so when the authority was passionate (i.e., mediated moderation). It is concluded that more research is needed focusing on the interactions between different authority styles/characteristics and procedural fairness effects. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.