The Great Attributional Divide: How Divergent Views of Human Behavior are Shaping Legal Policy

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dc.contributor.author Hanson, Jon
dc.contributor.author Benforado, Adam
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-13T20:02:21Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Adam Benforado & Jon Hanson, The Great Attributional Divide: How Divergent Views of Human Behavior are Shaping Legal Policy, 57 Emory L.J. 311 (2008). en
dc.identifier.issn 0094-4076 en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3175196
dc.description.abstract This article, the first of a multipart series, argues that a major rift runs across many of our major policy debates based on our attributional tendencies: the less accurate dispositionist approach, which explains outcomes and behavior with reference to people's dispositions (i.e., personalities, preferences, and the like), and the more accurate situationist approach, which bases attributions of causation and responsibility on unseen influences within us and around us. Given that situationism offers a truer picture of our world than the alternative, and given that attributional tendencies are largely the result of elements in our situations, identifying the relevant elements should be a major priority of legal scholars. With such information, legal academics could predict which individuals, institutions, and societies are most likely to produce situationist ideas - in other words, which have the greatest potential for developing the accurate attributions of human behavior that are so important to law. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.relation.isversionof http://www.law.emory.edu/fileadmin/journals/elj/57/57.2/Benforado_Hanson.pdf en
dc.relation.hasversion http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1106684 en
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dc.subject realism en
dc.subject situationism en
dc.subject psychology en
dc.subject ideology en
dc.subject legal theory en
dc.subject law en
dc.title The Great Attributional Divide: How Divergent Views of Human Behavior are Shaping Legal Policy en
dc.relation.journal Emory Law Journal en
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