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Beyond the Psychological Contract: Ideology and the Economic Social Contract
By combining normative philosophy and empirical social science, I craft a research framework for assessing
differential expectations of economic justice within the economic social contract of the United States. I argue
that distinct viewsof such a contract grounded in the tradition of individualism and communitarianism
manifest in people's judgments about economic justice. We empirically test these hypotheses on a sample of
270 subjects, finding broad support for the theoretical framework.