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Justice Motive

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The justice motive is the idea that people have a basic motive for justice; that is, people have a need to believe that people get what they deserve. Research on the justice motive emphasizes the importance of justice to people as a goal unto itself. Its origins lie in a basic understanding people develop early in life about the kind of world they must be able to assume if they are to get what they deserve. Evidence for people's need for justice has been derived from research that examines people's reactions to injustice. There is also reason to believe that sometimes when people are concerned about justice, it is the result of another need or concern they have, and in this case, justice motivation ...

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