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Extending the procedural justice model of institutional legitimacy: the role of social conditions and individual experiences

Grant number: 19/10046-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2019
Effective date (End): April 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Urban Sociology
Principal researcher:Sergio França Adorno de Abreu
Grantee:Efraín García Sanchez
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/07923-7 - Center of the Study of Violence - NEV/USP, AP.CEPID


Previous literature has found that the perception of procedural justice plays a pivotal role on the legitimacy of institutions. However, legitimacy is also affected by other variables coming from the contexts and individuals experiences' of institutionality. Particularly, the legitimacy of authorities also depends on a broader network of institutions where the people navigate through. The aim of this proposal is to test how experiences of vulnerability (e.g., economic inequality, social exclusion, mistreatment, etc.) undermine the association between procedural justice and legitimacy of institutions. To test this idea, I will use survey data gathered by the Núcelo de Estudos da Violencia coming from the "Building Democracy Daily" and conduct a two-fold analytical approach. First, I will use multilevel and structural equation modelling to test the effect of contextual variables on individuals' responses, and to test the changes across time in individual responses. Second, I will combine qualitative and quantitative techniques to account for open-ended responses of people reasoning to obey the law by groups of people across time. (AU)

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