- About the Contributors
- Introduction: Theoretical Foundations of Political Psychology
- Personality Approaches to Political Behavior
- Childhood and Adult Political Development
- Degrees of Rationality in Politics
- Behavioral Decision-Making
- Emotion and Political Psychology
- Toward an Evolutionarily Informed Political Psychology
- Genetic Foundations of Political Behavior
- Political Rhetoric
- Psychology and Foreign Policy Decision-Making
- Perceptions and Image Theory in International Relations
- Threat Perception in International Relations
- Crisis Management
- Personality Profiles of Political Elites
- Psychobiography: “the Child is Father of the man”
- Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- Political Information Processing
- Political Communication: Form and Consequence of the Information Environment
- Political Ideology
- Social Justice
- Networks, Interdependence, and Social Influence in Politics
- Political Deliberation
- From Group Identity to Political Cohesion and Commitment
- Social Movements and the Dynamics of Collective Action
- Prejudice and Politics
- Migration and Multiculturalism
- Discrimination <i>Conditions, Consequences, and “Cures”</i>
- The Psychology of Intractable Conflicts: Eruption, Escalation, and Peacemaking
Abstract and Keywords
Judgments about justice and injustice are central to people’s reactions to political institutions and authorities. Perceived justice builds legitimacy and system support, while injustice leads to riots and rebellions. This chapter provides an overview of current psychological theories and research related to justice in the political arena.
Tom R. Tyler is the Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale University. His research explores the dynamics of authority in groups, organizations, and societies. In particular, he examines the role of judgments about the justice or injustice of group procedures in shaping legitimacy, compliance and cooperation. He is the author of several books, including The social psychology of procedural justice (1988); Social justice in a diverse society (1997); Cooperation in groups (2000); Trust in the law (2002); Why people obey the law (2006); and Why people cooperate (2011).
Jojanneke van der Toorn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Leiden University. She holds M.A. degrees in Organizational Psychology and Cultural Anthropology from the Free University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from New York University. Her research focuses on processes of legitimation and the social psychological mechanisms implicated in social change and resistance to it. Her work has appeared in American Sociological Review, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Political Psychology, and Social Justice Research.
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