Does power corrupt or enable? When and why power facilitates self-interested behavior.

@article{DeCelles2012DoesPC,
  title={Does power corrupt or enable? When and why power facilitates self-interested behavior.},
  author={Katherine A. DeCelles and D. S. DeRue and J. Margolis and Tara L. Ceranic},
  journal={The Journal of applied psychology},
  year={2012},
  volume={97 3},
  pages={
          681-9
        }
}
Does power corrupt a moral identity, or does it enable a moral identity to emerge? Drawing from the power literature, we propose that the psychological experience of power, although often associated with promoting self-interest, is associated with greater self-interest only in the presence of a weak moral identity. Furthermore, we propose that the psychological experience of power is associated with less self-interest in the presence of a strong moral identity. Across a field survey of working… Expand
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