More than fair: Outcome dependence, system justification, and the perceived legitimacy of authority figures

@article{Toorn2011MoreTF,
  title={More than fair: Outcome dependence, system justification, and the perceived legitimacy of authority figures},
  author={J. V. D. Toorn and T. Tyler and J. Jost},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Social Psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={47},
  pages={127-138}
}
Legitimacy is a source of power for authorities because it promotes voluntary deference on the part of followers. From a system justification perspective, there is also reason to believe that power is a source of perceived legitimacy. We report five studies demonstrating that in addition to procedural fairness and outcome favorability, outcome dependence is an independent contributor to perceived legitimacy. In two cross-sectional field studies and one panel study, we hypothesized and found… Expand

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