Cooperation and social control: effects of preferences, institutions, and social structure

Bakker, D. M., 2019, [Groningen]: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. 183 p.

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Cooperation is a fundamental part of human life. In social groups at every scale, from students working together on a project to countries faced with a mutual danger, cooperative behavior is essential to obtain desirable collective outcomes. Cooperation is also precarious. A temptation to take a free ride on the hard work of others, a fear that others will not pull their weight, or an uncertain future can all lead to a breakdown of cooperation. This dissertation sheds light on four factors which influence whether cooperation is successfully achieved and sustained: individual preferences, the composition of the social group, institutions for social control, and the broader social context in which the group is embedded.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
Award date24-Oct-2019
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-94-034-1982-4
Electronic ISBNs978-94-034-1981-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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