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National Loyalties and Amnesty: A Legal and Social Psychological Analysis.

  • Academic Journal
  • Journal of Social Issues; Fall1975, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p157-170, 14p
  • This essay discusses some of the legal doctrines and social psychological concepts relevant to amnesty. From statutes, precedents, and case law, it is argued that national loyalty is an important underlying policy consideration in amnesty. National loyalty can be operationalized in terms of attitudinal measures of national commitment. Questions of policy and research are raised concerning how different types of national commitment held by different war resisters might predispose their acceptance or rejection of an amnesty proposal. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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