U.S. Societal Importance of Law and Taxes Analytical Essay by Nikolai1977

A statistical examination of the value that U.S. citizens place on obeying laws and paying taxes.
# 146079 | 3,078 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 15, 2010 in Sociology (Theory) , Criminology (Public and Crime) , Law (General)

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This paper offers a brief examination using data of public attitudes toward law obedience, featuring data from several sources. The paper asserts that it is often assumed by the common person that people living within the United States consider obeying the laws of the country to be important. Using both a base of secondary sources, and a dataset from the German Social Science Infrastructure Services Association, this paper attempts to prove that citizens of the United States do indeed believe it important to always obey the laws of the country. The paper concludes that, with the analysis of the author's set of data, coupled with the quantitative secondary research sources cited in this work, people with a personal higher sense of morals, whatever those morals may be, place a higher importance on obeying the laws of the country and paying taxes, while people with lower moral values, or fewer community ties, tend to place a low value on the importance of obeying the law and paying taxes. This paper contains a table.

An Examination of Characteristics

From the Paper:

"As the above table shows, the most significant relationships occur between the Societal Importance Placed on the Law and Taxes and the independent variables of Possession of Religion, Sex, and Separated marital status, from greatest significance to least. Although it is important to note that few respondents in this dataset stated that obeying the law was not at all important, the issue of religious faith seems to be the most important. The correlation is positive, indicating that those with religious faith place importance on obeying the law more than those who do not have religious faith of any kind. In the matter of sex, the relationship is positive there, as well, indicating that women place more importance on obeying the law than men do. There is also the matter of the Separated marital status, also a positive relationship, indicating that those who are not married, but separated, place a higher importance on obeying the law. These three significant factors alone suggest that those with a higher standard of moral values, especially if you are female, contribute to a higher importance of always obeying the laws of the country."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ahiauzu, N. (2005). Multiple principles and the obligation to obey the law. Deakin Law Review, 10(2), 524-544.
  • Grant, R. (2000). The social contract and human rights. Humanist, 60(1), 18-23.
  • German Social Science Infrastructure Services Association. International Social Survey Programme 03/04 [SPSS data file]. Retrieved from Secured Class Online Content Web site:http://marshall.blackboard.com/webct/urw/lc5122011.tp0/cobaltMainFrame.dowebct
  • Sanderson, C.A., & Darley, J.M. (2002). "i am moral, but you are deterred": differential attributions about why people obey the law. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32(2), 375-405.
  • Sunshine, J., & Tyler, T. (2003). Moral solidarity, identification with the community, and the importance of procedural justice: The police as prototypical representatives of a group's moral values. Social Psychology Quarterly, 66(2), 153-165.

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