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The Complexity of Social Norms

Part of the series Computational Social Sciences pp 161-173

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Vulnerability of Social Norms to Incomplete Information

  • Marco A. JanssenAffiliated withCenter for Education & Research in Information Assurance & Security(CERIAS), Purdue University Dept. Computer ScienceCenter for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State UniversityWorkshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University Email author 
  • , Elinor OstromAffiliated withCenter for Education & Research in Information Assurance & Security(CERIAS), Purdue University Dept. Computer ScienceCenter for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State UniversityWorkshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University 
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Abstract

The ability of groups to self-govern their common pool resources is well documented (Ostrom, 1990). Whether common pool resources are fish stocks or freshwater or forest products, success of self-governance relates to the ability of appropriators to develop trust relationships, monitor and enforce agreements, and communicate among each other.