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Psychology and social planning

Chapter in book
Authors Tommy Gärling
Anders Biel
Published in Psychology in our times
Pages 549-562
ISBN 91-27-09420-0
Publisher Natur och kultur
Place of publication Stockholm
Publication year 2005
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 549-562
Language en
Keywords Collective resources, social dilemmas, cooperation
Subject categories Psychology


Society embraces various collective resources such as education, health care, infra structure, and natural resources. To preserve collective resources, citizens must be prepared to cooperate and voluntarily contribute to their maintenance or realization. However, cooperation may require that individuals exercise some personal restraint. Such conflicts between collective and individual interests are in psychology referred to as social dilemmas. Building upon experimental research, this chapter highlights under what conditions people are willing to serve the common good.

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