Measuring the Beliefs in a Just World

  • Adrian Furnham
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


Whilst it may not be totally clear who first used the term Belief in a Just World (BJW) it is certain that the ideas behind the concept can be found in the work of early attribution theorists (Heider, 1958) and indeed in the ideas of the great Greek Philosophers. People prefer to live in stable, orderly, predictable world where just works are rewarded and evil punished.


Power Distance Uncertainty Avoidance Mock Juror Protestant Work Ethic Innocent Victim 
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  • Adrian Furnham
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity College LondonLondon WC1Great Britain

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