Interest Structure in Public Development: Effects on Fair Process Effect

[Speaker] Aoki, Toshiaki:1
[Co-author] Hayashi, Yoichiro:2
1:Tohoku University (Japan), 2:Keio University (Japan)

In our diverse and interconnected world, a key component in constructing a more cooperative society would be consensus building. Cooperation is particularly difficult to achieve when a community is faced with a social dilemma. The present study aims to focus on interest structure and clarify the impact of fair treatment on one's approval attitude. We used a scenario manipulating fair treatment and interest structure (a combination of both private interest and public interest). The data was collected via a questionnaire, whereby university students answered questions expressing their attitude to a highway development in a social dilemma. The results show that the fair process effect (FPE) that fair treatment encourages approval attitude varies depending on interest structure. For situations with high social benefit and low private benefit a greater FPE emerged; whereas, in a situation with low social benefit and low private benefit a fair treatment encouraged negative attitude.
Advanced Search