ERIC Number: ED290197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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The Contingency Rules Theory as a Theory of Trial Behavior.
Facciola, Peter C.
Scholars have called for an integration of knowledge of the jury trial process, and in response, this paper argues that the contingency rules theory of communication can integrate and advance understanding of the trial. Four common approaches to the study of the trial are outlined briefly and criticized: the jury characteristic approach, the jury attitudes approach, the group dynamics approach, and the storytelling approach. Then, the contingency rules model is explained and examined relative to other approaches. The paper concludes that the contingency rules approach to the trial offers four advantages: (1) it integrates the findings of other approaches to the trial without losing precision; (2) it logically subsumes other approaches to the trial, offering greater explanatory power; (3) it is more parsimonious; and (4) it is heuristic. Finally, suggestions for applying the contingency rules model to the trial process are advanced. Twenty references are appended. (Author/SKC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (73rd, Boston, MA, November 5-8, 1987).