The Effects of Group Benefits and Type of Distribution Rule on Noncompliance to Legitimate Authority Academic Article uri icon


  • Norms specifying the allocation of resources have been termed distribution rules. This study investigates factors affecting individuals’ noncompliance to distribution rules sanctioned by a legitimate authority. We predict such noncompliance will be more likely when there is group consensus running counter to the legitimate authority rule and the group consensus rule is more beneficial to persons and their groups than is the legitimate authority rule. Experimental tests indicate that although group benefit is an important factor in accounting for people’s noncompliance, the type of distribution rule is also important. Among rules sanctioned by legitimate authority, noncompliance to equality rules is more likely than noncompliance to equity rules. © 1983 The University of North Carolina Press.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sell, J., & Martin, M. W.

citation count

  • 6

publication date

  • June 1983