A Comparison of Two Rule-Enforcing Experiences



In Chapter 8 we examined individual differences among our subjects in their propensity to follow or violate rules. We found that offense status is related to the rule-enforcing environment and norms of behavior and enforcement but is not related to legal reasoning level or personality. It seems plausible, therefore, that the interaction between legal reasoning and the rule-enforcing environment is more a product of group socialization than of individual propensities. We turn now to an analysis of the nature of that group experience in the two different rule-enforcing environments established by our experimental manipulation.


Legal Reasoning Informal Social Control Moral Authority Rule Violation Underage Drinking 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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