Belief in a Just World: A Hybrid of Justice Motive and Self-Interest?

Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


Ever since I read Melvin Lerner’s article “The Justice Motive” (1977) I was fascinated by this construct, especially because it represented a contrast to “self-interest”—the basic motivation postulated in the Economic Model of Man and in Rational Choice Theory. I became convinced that it would be very worthwhile to contribute to the establishment of this construct as a basic human motivation in the Social Sciences.


Life Satisfaction Foreign Worker Justice Principle Equity Principle Responsibility Attribution 
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversität TrierTrierGermany

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