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date: 08 July 2020

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The ability to gain cooperation from the people within groups, organizations, and societies is central to their viability. The ability of justice to motivate cooperation makes it a potentially central aspect of the relationships between people and groups. A review of the literature supports the argument that justice is a key factor shaping people’s connection to others, as well as people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It further suggests that the motivation to act justly has both instrumental and relational elements, but that justice is, to an important degree, a social motivation that responds to people’s relational connections to others.

Keywords: distributive justice, procedural justice, retributive justice, relational model, cooperation

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