Procedural justice, identity and deference to the law: What shapes rule-following in a period of transition?
Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2011
2009 Australian Psychological Society
Australian Journal of Psychology
Volume 61, Issue 1, pages 32–39, May 2009
How to Cite
Tyler, T. R. (2009), Procedural justice, identity and deference to the law: What shapes rule-following in a period of transition?. Australian Jnl of Psychology, 61: 32–39. doi: 10.1080/00049530802607639
- Issue online: 2 FEB 2011
- Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2011
- Deference to authority;
- procedural justice;
- rule following
The group engagement model has two core arguments. The first is that procedural justice shapes rule-following in groups, organisations and societies. The second is that the influence of procedural justice upon rule-following is mediated by changes in people's identification with groups. This study uses a sample of South Africans to test both arguments. While the procedural justice argument has already been widely tested and supported, this study extends that test to a society in rapid transition and upheaval. Further, it tests the identity mediation argument in the same context. The results support both arguments. Procedural justice shapes rule-following and that influence is mediated by identification with superordinate authority.