Justice and Leadership: A Social Co-Constructionist Agenda

  • James R. Meindl
  • Karen J. Thompson
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


Issues of justice are integral to social, political, and economic change. And so are matters of leadership. While justice, on the one hand, and leadership, on the other, have both received massive research attention by scholars over the years, few efforts have focused explicitly on how these two broad issues commingle, either during times of change or under more placid circumstances. Is there a social psychology which links them? What are the dynamics involved? Surely such questions are reasonable ones for justice researchers to ask. After all, post-industrial nations are increasingly described as “societies of organizations”, in which economic and political power rests less with individuals, and more with formal organizations and organized interest groups in both the public and private sectors (e.g., Drucker, 1988; Zucker, 1983). This being the case, an understanding of justice, particularly during times of turbulence and revolutionary change, cannot be complete without being informed by those sciences which are dedicated to understanding and improving human organizations. Organizational science has a number of priorities, often conflicting. But in the pantheon of organizational concepts, leadership is seen as central (Hollander, 1986), with great relevance and importance for organizational forms, processes, and outcomes.


Procedural Justice Distributive Justice Social Construction Leadership Style Experimental Social Psychology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James R. Meindl
    • 1
  • Karen J. Thompson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ManagementState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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