Legitimation, Endorsement, and Compliance
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The theoretical development distinguishes three objects of legitimation, of persons, of positions, and of actions; and three types of legitimacy, propriety, endorsement, and authorization. Propriety is normative support of power, endorsement is group support, and authorization is support of an actor higher in the organizational structure. They conducted an experiment varying levels of endorsement. Results showed strong effects of endorsement on compliance. Related publications include Walker et al. (1986), Ridgeway et al. (1994), and Younts (2008).
Walker, Henry A; Thomas, George M; Zelditch, Morris Jr (2015). Legitimation, Endorsement, and Compliance. Available electronically from
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