Some East German Attitudes Toward Law and Political Authority
Nine University of Leipzig students provided usable responses with a Q sort which had been previously administered in the United States. Two factors were discovered: four subjects were Constitutionalists and three Individualists. Constitutionalists actively favored their new democratic system, but were willing to contemplate civil disobedience should democratic values be threatened. Individualists were skeptical of the political system and were committed to living their own personal lives. All nine subjects were law abiding. Comparisons are made with 87 American college students who had taken the same Q sort almost a decade previously.
Willy Koch, Uwe Matthes, Richard Martin, & Richard Taylor. (1992). Some East German Attitudes Toward Law and Political Authority. Operant Subjectivity, 15(4), 97–104. doi:10.15133/j.os.1992.009