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Lawrence M. Friedman and Grant M. Hayden

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190460587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460587.001.0001

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Legal Culture: Legitimacy and Morality

Legal Culture: Legitimacy and Morality

(p.223) 12 Legal Culture: Legitimacy and Morality
American Law

Lawrence M. Friedman

Grant M. Hayden

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the role of legitimacy, morality, and other factors in explaining how people respond to legal acts. In some cases, people’s willingness (or unwillingness) to obey the law is influenced by their own internal moral compasses; in others, people respond largely to social pressures. People’s willingness to obey the law may also depend upon their sense of whether the law is legitimate, and, more broadly, their level of trust in the government.

Keywords:   legitimacy, morality, legal behavior, civil disobedience, trust

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