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Why People Obey the Law Paperback – February 28, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0691126739 ISBN-10: 0691126739

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691126739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691126739
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the original edition: "[T]he argument and findings of Why People Obey the Law have important implications for the debate about the way in which people subject to legal procedures should be treated. . . . [T]he study is provocative and raises an issue of real importance."--Roger Hood, Times Literary Supplement

Praise for the original edition: "Theoretically and empirically, Tyler makes a powerful case. . . . The data set is unusually rich."--V. Lee Hamilton, Michigan Law Review

Praise for the original edition: "[A] major contribution by a well-known, well-respected scholar in the field."--Austin Sarat, Law & Society Review

Praise for the original edition: "Tyler's book is interesting, significant, and clearly written. Most important, it contributes to an urgent need for critical consideration of . . . an ideology whose main results have been the current shameful state of the American penal system."--Dario Melossi, Contemporary Sociology

"Tyler's book posits an alternative model of legal compliance--one that focuses upon ways of obtaining public consent for and cooperation with particular regulatory regimes.... Though written from the perspective of the discipline of social psychology, there are lessons here for everybody involved or interested in legal regulation, governance or, indeed, community relations."--Andrew Goldsmith, Law Society Journal

About the Author

Tom R. Tyler is University Professor at New York University, teaching in the Psychology Department and the Law School. He studies the exercise of authority in groups, organizations, and societies. His many books include "The Social Psychology of Procedural Justice, Social Justice in a Diverse Society, Cooperation in Groups" and "Trust in the Law"

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1995
Format: Paperback
Professor Tyler of U.C. Berkeley has written a lucid and useful treatise that explores one aspectof why people obey the law: their perceptions of the procedural and substantive justice of thelegal system. As this issue is multifaceted, Tyler examines various aspects of a wide variety of perceptions and opinions within his sample. The data he presents are extremely valuable in explaining, not why people break the law, but the equally important (or more important) question of why they usually do not. His conclusions emphasize the importance of public perceptions of substantive and especially procedural justice and how people's interactions with courts and the police shape those beliefs. Certainly, Tyler has not explained "why people obey the law," as that would be a gargantuan task (although the book is not small). Rather, he explicates one extremely important aspect of why people obey the law, and for that Tyler has made a valuable contribution to students of the law, politics, and psychology. This book will be a classic in the law and society movement, if it has not already become one.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia F Lavena on April 24, 2013
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It met my expectations.
I would certainly recommend it to a friend.
Good quality product compared to similar products of its kind.
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