6 Defiance●is a signal that individuals express attitudinally or behaviourally toward an authority (and shared with others) that communicates unwillingness to follow the authority’s prescribed path without question or protest.Any of us can experience, indeed practice defiance if the circumstances are right.●
7 Motivational postures ●are sets of beliefs and attitudes that sum up how individuals feel about and wish to position themselves in relation to another social entity, in this case a tax authority.Motivational postures send social signals or messages to the authority about how that authority is regarded.●
8 The Central Ideas of Threat … Agency and Social Distance ●Authority threatens everyone, by virtue of being an authority.As an authority’s threat increases, taxpayers use their motivational postures to adjust their social distance and establish a comfort zone for themselves in relation to the authority. Different contexts bring to the fore different postures, and different postures direct individuals to make different responses, some obliging and deferential, others adversarial and dismissive.●●
9 Five motivational postures: ●CommitmentCapitulationResistanceDisengagementGame playing●●●●
10 How Do We Measure Socially Proximal Postures?Commitment (alpha reliability coefficient = .82; homogeneity ratio = .43)Paying tax is the right thing to do.Paying tax is a responsibility that should be willingly accepted by all Australians.I feel a moral obligation to pay my tax.Paying my tax ultimately advantages everyone.I think of tax paying as helping the government do worthwhile things.Overall, I pay my tax with good will.I resent paying tax. (reversed)I accept responsibility for paying my fair share of tax.Note: Respondents were asked to rate each statement on a five-point scale from strongly disagree (1) to strongly agree (5).
11 How Do We Measure Socially Proximal Postures?Capitulation (alpha reliability coefficient = .63; homogeneity ratio = .27)No matter how cooperative or uncooperative the Tax Office is, the best policy is to always be cooperative with themIf you cooperate with the Tax Office, they are likely to be cooperative with you.Even if the Tax office finds that I am doing something wrong, they will respect me in the long run as long as I admit my mistakes.The Tax Office is encouraging to those who have difficulty meeting their obligations through no fault of their own.The tax system may not be perfect, but it works well enough for most of us.Note: Respondents were asked to rate each statement on a five-point scale from strongly disagree (1) to strongly agree (5).
12 How Do We Measure Socially Distal Postures?Resistance (alpha reliability coefficient = .68; homogeneity ratio = .31)As a society, we need more people willing to take a stand against the Tax Office.It’s important not to let the Tax Office push you around.The Tax Office is more interested in catching you for doing the wrong thing, than helping you do the right thing.It's impossible to satisfy the Tax Office completely.Once the Tax Office has you branded as a non-compliant taxpayer, they will never change their mind.If you don't cooperate with the Tax Office, they will get tough with you.Note: Respondents were asked to rate each statement on a five-point scale from strongly disagree (1) to strongly agree (5).
13 How Do We Measure Socially Distal Postures?Disengagement (alpha reliability coefficient = .64; homogeneity ratio = .27)I don't really know what the Tax Office expects of me and I'm not about to ask.I don't care if I am not doing the right thing by the Tax Office.If I find out that I am not doing what the Tax Office wants, I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.I personally don’t think that there is much the Tax Office can do to me to make me pay tax if I don’t want to.If the Tax Office gets tough with me, I will become uncooperative with them.Note: Respondents were asked to rate each statement on a five-point scale from strongly disagree (1) to strongly agree (5).
14 How Do We Measure Socially Distal Postures?Game playing (alpha reliability coefficient = .69; homogeneity ratio = .32)I enjoy talking to friends about loopholes in the tax system.I like the game of finding the grey area of tax law.I enjoy the challenge of minimizing the tax I have to pay.I enjoy spending time working out how changes in the tax system will affect me.The Tax Office respects taxpayers who can give them a run for their money.Note: Respondents were asked to rate each statement on a five-point scale from strongly disagree (1) to strongly agree (5).
16 Collapsing Motivational Postures into Dimensions of Defiance ●Critical but Accept SystemCommitment and Capitulation through Resistance (Resistant Defiance)●Cynical and Reject SystemDegree of Disengagement and Game Playing (Dismissive Defiance)
17 The Empirically Derived Motivational Postures and their Contributions to Defiance Discourse in TaxationMotivational postureDescription (tax-contextualized)Effect on defianceCommitment to the regulatory system and its goalsExpressing support for taxation and willingly accepting a personal responsibility to payDisables defianceCapitulation to authorityRecognising the tax authority’s power and endorsing a ritualistic “keep them happy” philosophyResistance against authorityOpposing tax authority and accusing it of abuse of powerEnables resistant defianceDisengagement from authorityDismissing tax authority demands and threatsEnables dismissive defianceGame playing with law and authorityEnjoying tax minimising games with tax officers as competitors
19 A composite structural equation model predicting resistance
20 What is our best model of resistant defiance? ●Resistance is about grievance. Grievance involves more than the tax system, it includes the democracy itself.Constraining grievance is a morally obligated pathway.Are there opportunities for managing resistant defiance?Yes, around perceived deterrence, perceived tax system integrity and disillusionment with the democracy – with different consequences.●●
21 A composite structural equation model predicting dismissiveness
22 of dismissive defiance? What is our best modelof dismissive defiance?●Dismissiveness is less about grievance and more about freedom from authority. We see a competitive pathway that leads to the alternative authority of the aggressive tax planning industry.Grievance fuels the competitive pathway involving alternative authorities, as does the desire for status and being a winner.Constraining the grievance-competitive pathway is a morally obligated pathway.Are there opportunities for managing dismissive defiance? Yes, around perceived deterrence, disillusionment with the democracy and alternative authorities – with different consequences.●●●
23 A Data Based Theoretical Account of Defiance: Proposition 1a-1c When authority threatens, three selves go forth to face a potential enemy:(a)(b)(c)a moral selfa status seeking selfa democratic collective self
24 A Data Based Theoretical Account of Defiance: Proposition 2a-2c When a moral self is under-valued:(a)the morally obligated pathway is weakened and the way is cleared for defiance.When a status seeking self can’t be expressed within the authority’s domain:(b)a competitive pathway to defiance comes into being, strengthened by alternative authorities that provide resources to defeat the government agenda.When a democratic collective self is betrayed:(c)a grievance pathway to defiance comes into being that is shared with others and expressed as protest against the government
25 Implications for Governance ●Culture of respect – Strazdin’s (2000) concept of emotional work (help, share/empathize, regulate)Institutional integrity – a meaningful and valued purpose achieved with justice (procedural and distributive) Authentic, open and accountable deliberation – opportunity to show benefits, to acknowledge and diligently monitor risks Appreciation of cooperation●●●
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