When believing in the union is (not) enough: the role of threat and norms in intentions to act on union legitimacy and efficacy beliefs

Blackwood, Leda, Terry, Deborah and Duck, Julie (2014) When believing in the union is (not) enough: the role of threat and norms in intentions to act on union legitimacy and efficacy beliefs. Australian Journal of Psychology, 67 2: 65-74. doi:10.1111/ajpy.12071


Author Blackwood, Leda
Terry, Deborah
Duck, Julie
Title When believing in the union is (not) enough: the role of threat and norms in intentions to act on union legitimacy and efficacy beliefs
Journal name Australian Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9530
1742-9536
Publication date 2014-07-28
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajpy.12071
Open Access Status
Volume 67
Issue 2
Start page 65
End page 74
Total pages 10
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Three field studies conducted with academics and students examined the dynamic role of threat and normative support for a union in qualifying the relationship between union-related legitimacy and efficacy beliefs, and union intentions. There was evidence for interplay between threat and norms in facilitating people acting in accordance with their union beliefs, and in providing the conditions where those with weaker beliefs may be mobilised. In Study 1, students' perception of threat to group interests facilitated their preparedness to act on pro-union legitimacy and efficacy beliefs. In Study 2, among academics who perceived low threat, acting on union legitimacy and efficacy beliefs was contingent on a pro-union norm, while those who perceived high threat were prepared to act on their union legitimacy beliefs regardless of the normative environment. Finally, in Study 3, a pro-union norm again facilitated acting on union beliefs in a low threat condition and overcame the importance of legitimacy and efficacy beliefs in a high threat condition. In sum, this research makes a case for the importance of union strategies attending to both the framing of intergroup threat and the communication of in-group normative support for the union.
Keyword Collective action
Efficacy
Legitimacy
Norms
Threat
Unions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 29 July 2014.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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