The Reasons for Compliance with Law

Margaret Levi, Tom R. Tyler and Audrey Sacks

in Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195371895
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979127 | DOI:
The Reasons for Compliance with Law

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In Chapter 4, political scientist Margaret Levi, social psychologist Tom Tyler, and sociologist Audrey Sacks, relying on two datasets (one from the United States and one from sub-Saharan Africa), contend that two factors affect individuals' compliance with law. First, voluntary compliance with the law is influenced by individuals' views of the government's legitimacy. Second, individuals' conception of legitimacy depends significantly on the government's trustworthiness (including its perceived competence) and its commitment to procedural justice.

Keywords: legitimacy; rule of law; trust; trustworthiness; competence; procedural justice

Chapter.  8599 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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