Political Cognition in a Liberal Democracy: The Effects of Election Outcomes on Perceived Corruption, Perceived Legitimacy, and Voluntary Compliance with the Law

Anirudh Tiwathia
The current work presents two complementary programs of research that aim to: (i) clarify the psychological mechanisms governing perceptions of legitimate authority; (ii) examine how US Presidential election outcomes may significantly impact these perceptions; (iii) provide empirical evidence consistent with the notion that such perceptions of legitimate authority can have significant, causal effects on ethical and political behavior. Part I examines the effect of election outcomes on perceptions of corruption – (i) examining the implications...
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