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Economics Research International
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 846326, 10 pages
Research Article

Permissiveness toward Illegal Actions in Uruguay: Has This Attitude Changed in Time?

1Universidad de la República, Montevidro, Uruguay
2Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain

Received 21 March 2012; Revised 15 June 2012; Accepted 18 July 2012

Academic Editor: Philip J. Grossman

Copyright © 2012 Natalia Melgar and Máximo Rossi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this paper is to assess the willingness to justify illegal actions (or permissiveness) in the case of Uruguayans. We introduce new factors within the analysis: whether this attitude has changed between 1996 and 2006. In line with previous findings, some sociodemographic variables (age, education, beliefs in God, and patriotism) reduce the probability of being permissive. We also add new elements to the discussion and present some particularities of the Uruguayan case: the role of political affiliation depends on the ideological ground of the elected political party, permissiveness has dramatically changed and it is much higher in 2006.