A sense of powerlessness fosters system justification: Implications for the legitimation of authority, hierarchy, and government

@article{Toorn2015ASO,
  title={A sense of powerlessness fosters system justification: Implications for the legitimation of authority, hierarchy, and government},
  author={J. V. D. Toorn and M. Feinberg and J. Jost and Aaron C Kay and T. Tyler and Robb Willer and C. A. Wilmuth},
  journal={Political Psychology},
  year={2015},
  volume={36},
  pages={93-110}
}
In an attempt to explain the stability of hierarchy, we focus on the perspective of the powerless and how a subjective sense of dependence leads them to imbue the system and its authorities with legitimacy. In Study 1, we found in a nationally representative sample of U.S. employees that financial dependence on one’s job was positively associated with the perceived legitimacy of one’s supervisor. In Study 2, we observed that a general sense of powerlessness was positively correlated with the… Expand
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