Internalizing cooperative norms in group-structured populations

Erol Akçay, Jeremy Van Cleve

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The success of humans in spreading through all of Earth's ecosystems and transforming them at planetary scale is directly dependent on our capacity to cooperate in large groups and self-organize in complex social structures that sustain such cooperation. One of the main components of such large-scale cooperation is the human capacity and propensity for inventing and following social norms (Ostrom, 2000; Fehr and Schurtenberger, 2018). Social norms influence almost all aspects of human behavior, providing a grammar of society (Bicchieri, 2005, 2010) that constrains and enables different kinds of individual behaviors, coordinates collective behavior, and sustains cooperation in the face of conflicts of interests.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCooperation and Conflict
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interaction of Opposites in Shaping Social Behavior
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781108671187
StatePublished - Feb 25 2021

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Neuroscience


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