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To Follow or Not to Follow: Social Norms and Civic Duty During a Pandemic   [open pdf - 146KB]

From the Document: "The outbreak of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] has put substantial pressure on individuals to adapt and change their behaviours. As the hope of a vaccine remains at least a year away, everyone is urged to take action to slow the spread of the virus. Thus, 'flattening the curve' has become vital in preventing medical systems from being overrun, and it relies on massive collective action by citizens to follow specific public health measures such as physical distancing, hand washing, and physical isolation for vulnerable individuals. Despite the recommendations, the public has often been confronted with the reality that some individuals are not respecting them, including elected officials. [...] In this article, we explore the effects of civic duty and social norms on adherence to public health recommendations. We find that civic duty promotes following health recommendations and that norms become important in the absence of duty."

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2020
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2020 Canadian Political Science Association. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/]
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Cambridge University Press: https://www.cambridge.org/
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