Attitudes Toward Different Methods of Affirmative Action1


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    would like to express my appreciation for the useful comments of two anonymous reviewers. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 1992 conference of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada in Quebec City.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Russel J. Summers, Department of Management, Saint Mary's University, Robie Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3, Canada


It was found that the men's and women's attitudes toward affirmative action (AA) in general were related to differences in self-interest. In addition, consistent with predictions drawn from notions of organizational justice and attribution principles, it was found that people held different attitudes toward different methods of affirmative action. People were most favorable toward AA involving special training programs and least favorable toward AA that employed differential selection criteria for target group members. Attitudes toward quota-based systems were intermediate.