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New Issues and Paradigms in Research on Social Dilemmas

Edited book
Authors Anders Biel
Daniel Eek
Tommy Gärling
Mathias Gustafsson
ISBN 978-0-387-72595-6
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York
Publication year 2008
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords Social dilemma, structure, scale, motive
Subject categories Social Sciences


The objective of this edited volume is to present the latest developments in the field of social dilemma research. Research on social dilemmas, defined as situations where there is a conflict between self-interest and collective interest, has during the last twenty years gained increased research interest from several disciplines such as psychology, sociology, and economics. The social dilemma research field has wide applications to numerous real-world issues such as environmental degradation brought on by human behavior, cooperative behavior in organizations, as well as willingness to contribute to societal public goods. The main aim has been to investigate under what circumstances people make decisions that are in line with the collective interest as well as investigating how different types of tools can increase the propensity to cooperate.

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