Low Status Legitimacy of the Government and of Business: A Reanalysis of Brandt (2013)
13 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2013
Date Written: June 5, 2013
Brandt (2013) analyzed data from three large data sets and suggested that there was little support for the low status legitimacy hypothesis derived from System Justification Theory (Jost, Pelham, Sheldon, & Sullivan, 2003). The legitimacy measures for two of the data sets included confidence in both government (e.g., Police, Parliament) and private (e.g., Major companies) organizations. I reanalyze the data from these two data sets using two separate measures of legitimacy. Although there are some differences across the two measures, results largely reinforce the conclusions of Brandt (2013).
Keywords: legitimacy, system justification theory, social status, inequality, reanalysis
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