Events and Accountability

  • Kelly G. Shaver
Part of the Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)


What was the cause? Is anyone responsible? Who is to blame? These are the first questions asked after a misfortune or a moral affront. The event itself could be as privately experienced as a lovers’ quarrel or as public as technological failure at a nuclear power generating plant; it could have been produced carelessly or after careful premeditation; its consequences could be as ephemeral as momentary chagrin or as terrible as widespread destruction and loss of life. Whatever their other features, negative events demand explanation, a demand frequently satisfied by finding someone who is answerable for the occurrence. How that search proceeds is the topic of this book.


Dispositional Property Attribution Theory Social Psychological Research Technological Failure Widespread Destruction 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kelly G. Shaver
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCollege of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA

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