Games, Groups, and the Global Good / Edition 1

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How do groups form, how do institutions come into being, and when do moral norms and practices emerge? This volume explores how game-theoretic approaches can be extended to consider broader questions that cross scales of organization, from individuals to cooperatives to societies. Game theory' strategic formulation of central problems in the analysis of social interactions is used to develop multi-level theories that examine the interplay between individuals and the collectives they form. The concept of cooperation is examined at a higher level than that usually addressed by game theory, especially focusing on the formation of groups and the role of social norms in maintaining their integrity, with positive and negative implications. The authors suggest that conventional analyses need to be broadened to explain how heuristics, like concepts of fairness, arise and become formalized into the ethical principles embraced by a society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540854357
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Springer Series in Game Theory
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I The Evolution of Cooperation at the Level of Individuals

Evolutionary Foundations of Cooperation and Group Cohesion Steven A. Frank 3

How to Evolve Cooperation Christine Taylor Martin A. Nowak 41

Beyond Enlightened Self-Interest: Social Norms, Other-Regarding Preferences, and Cooperative Behavior Samuel Bowles Herbert Gintis 57

Evolution, Cooperation, and Repeated Games E. Maskin 79

Public Good Games with Incentives: The Role of Reputation Hannelore De Silva Karl Sigmund 85

Groups and Networks: Their Role in the Evolution of Cooperation Brian Skyrms 105

Part II Cooperation and Group Formation

Evolution and Construction of Moral Systems Jessica C. Flack David C. Krakauer 117

Games, Groups, Norms, and Societies Simon Levin 143

Evolutionary Theory and Cooperation in Everyday Life David Sloan Wilson Daniel Tumminelli O'Brien 155

The Error of God: Error Management Theory, Religion, and the Evolution of Cooperation Dominic D.P. Johnson 169

Moral Motivation John E. Hare 181

Explaining Religion: Notes Toward a Research Agenda Kwame Anthony Appiah 195

Part III Cooperation and Problems of the Commons

Building Trust to Solve Commons Dilemmas: Taking Small Steps to Test an Evolving Theory of Collective Action Elinor Ostrom 207

How Democracy Resolves Conflict in Difficult Games Steven J. Brams D. Marc Kilgour 229

Two Strategic Issues in Apologizing Barry O'Neill 243

Neither Self-interest Nor Self-sacrifice: The Fraternal Morality of Market Relationships Robert Sugden 259

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