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

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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
  • University of Groningen
  • Wittek, Rafael, Supervisor
  • Dijkstra, Jacob, Co-supervisor
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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