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Advances in Group Processes

ISSN: 0882-6145
Series editor(s): Shane R. Thye and Edward Lawler

Subject Area: Sociology and Public Policy

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Common fate, crisis, and cooperation in social dilemmas


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Title:Common fate, crisis, and cooperation in social dilemmas
Author(s):Jane Sell, Tony P. Love
Volume:26 Editor(s): Shane R. Thye, Edward J. Lawler ISBN: 978-1-84855-572-3 eISBN: 978-1-84855-573-0
Citation:Jane Sell, Tony P. Love (2009), Common fate, crisis, and cooperation in social dilemmas, in Shane R. Thye, Edward J. Lawler (ed.) Altruism and Prosocial Behavior in Groups (Advances in Group Processes, Volume 26), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.53-79
DOI:10.1108/S0882-6145(2009)0000026006 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:Social dilemmas take many forms but all share the property that individual benefits, at least in the short run, conflict with group benefits. This chapter examines how information about the characteristics of group members and the parameters of the dilemma affect decision-making. Particular attention is paid to transformative crises, sudden changes in the dilemma setting that for a short period of time lead to incomplete information. It is posited that these crises cause relatively dramatic shifts in the importance of information.

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