ERIC Number: ED099755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Equity and the Formation of Revolutionary and Conservative Coalitions in Triads.
Messe, Lawrence A.; And Others
This study tested opposing predictions made by Gamson's Minimum Resource Theory and equity theory concerning the type of coalitions that will be formed when members of a triad expect that rewards will be correlated with amounts of individual resources. Results supported equity theory in that subjects, whose work on a pretask was used as the basis for assigning resources in a bargaining game, formed conservative (strong against weak) coalitions. When subjects either did not work or were paid prior to playing the game, results replicated past research in that there was a tendency to form revolutionary (weak against strong) coalitions. Findings were discussed in terms of their implications for the generality of existing theories of coalition formation. (Author)
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, College Students, Cooperative Planning, Interaction Process Analysis, Predictive Validity, Psychological Patterns, Research Projects, Rewards, Social Exchange Theory, Social Psychology
Lawrence Messe, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Social Science.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (82nd, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 1974)