Disobedient Institutional Behavior

How We Break, Evade, or Violate Rules


  • Vojtěch Zachník University of Hradec Králové




disobedience, normative acceptance, normative guidance, rule, social institutions


The paper aims to explain different cases of disobedient institutional behavior using the attitude-based model. The issue of how to analyze and capture the faces of disobedience in a simple model is approached in three steps: first, misbehavior is defined as a certain lack in normative attitudes; second, these attitudes are distinguished in terms of normative acceptance and normative guidance; and third, combinations of these attitudes represent basic types of disobedience: opposing, transgressing and conforming. These three categories constitute an analytical typology of disobedient agents compatible with the theory of social institutions.


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