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Factors Influencing Cooperation in Commons Dilemmas: A Review of Experimental Psychological Research
Psychology
While much of the economic research of commons dilemmas has explored the big-picture effects of rules, institutions, and payoff structures on cooperative behavior, experimental psychological research has uncovered crucial factors of its own, suggesting that the best commons institutions of the future will seek the best fit between top-down institutional rules and the bottom-up individual psychological effects.
Petit traité de manipulation à l'usage des gens honnêtes
Psychology
People are subject to self manipulation, which opens the door to being manipulated by others, and therefore people making decisions should always keep in mind of the following:a) be aware that engagement triggers predictable behaviors, b) do not hesitate to re-consider a decision, c) learn to consider each decision individually (and not take into account previous decision), d) do not overestimate your freedom of choice.
Social Dilemmas: The Anatomy of Cooperation
Sociology
Kollock provides a literature review and taxonomy of social dilemma models and social dilemma solutions, as well as current issues and future directions of studying social dilemmas.
Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change
Memetics
Psychology
Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change, explores and develops the theory of the late Clare Graves - a "bio- psycho- social-" understanding of how human's collectively respond to their living conditions and how these responses prompt the emergence of latent value systems / thinking capacities.
Altruistic Punishment in Humans
Political Science
Psychology
Altruistic punishment may be the glue that holds societies together - by distributing and internalizing policing of free-riding, solving the second-order social dilemma that is an obstacle to collective action.
Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy
Political Science
Sociology
Studying comparative levels of citizens' satisfaction with civic institutions when Italy instituted regional government made possible a multi-decade study that revealed how centuries-old norms of trust, reciprocity, and social networks among the inhabitants of regions led to high levels of civic and economic success, while the absence of rich lateral ties predicted lower levels of success and satisfaction in other regions.
Revisiting the Commons: Local Lessons, Global Challenges
Political Science
Sociology
The empirical and theoretical research stimulated by Garrett Hardin's 1968 conclusion that users of a commons are caught in an inevitable process that leads to the destruction of the resources on which they depend indicates that while tragedies of the commons are real, they are not inevitable.
The Evolution of Cooperation
Political Science
Sociology
"The objective of this enterprise is to develop a theory of cooperation that can be used to discover what is necessary for cooperation to emerge."
The Evolutionary Stability of Cooperation
Political Science
Sociology
Given a variety of strategies ranging from cooperative to combative, cooperative retaliatory strategies tend to be the most stable but remain vulnerable to invasion.
The Rise of Open-Source Politics
Political Science
Sociology
Internet facilitated tools and practices reached critical mass in the 2004 elections enabling ordinary people to participate in processes that had been closed to them by top-down political organizations.