Social Dilemmas and Cooperation

  • Ulrich Schulz
  • Wulf Albers
  • Ulrich Mueller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Paul A. M. van Lange
    Pages 25-43
  3. Ramzi Suleiman, David V. Budescu, Amnon Rapoport
    Pages 55-73
  4. Jeffrey A. Joireman, D. Michael Kuhlman, Hidetaka Okuda
    Pages 99-116
  5. Eric van Dijk, Henk Wilke
    Pages 173-185
  6. Toshio Yamagishi, Nahoko Hayashi, Nobuhito Jin
    Pages 233-250
  7. Motoki Watabe, Toshio Yamagishi
    Pages 251-267
  8. Andrzej Nowak, Bibb Latane, Maciej Lewenstein
    Pages 269-289
  9. Mark van Vugt, Ree M. Meertens, Paul A. M. van Lange
    Pages 291-309
  10. Toshio Yamagishi, Nobuyuki Takahashi
    Pages 311-326
  11. Werner Güth, Klaus Ritzberger
    Pages 495-521
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 523-541

About these proceedings


A social dilemma is a game which at first glance has only inefficient solutions. If efficient solutions are to be achieved, some kind of cooperation among the players is required. This book asks two basic questions, closely intertwined with each other: 1. How is cooperation possible among rational players in such a social dilemma? Which changes in the social context of a social dilemma situation are necessary in order for players to rationally choose the cooperative option? 2. How do real players actually behave in social dilemma situations? Do they behave "rationally" at all? Or, conversely, what kind of reasoning, attitudes, emotions, etc. shape the behavior of real players in social dilemmas? What kind of interventions, what kind of internal mechanisms within a real group may change players' willingness to cooperate? These two general questions mark the broad spectrum of the problem which has been, over the last three decades, investigated in various disciplines, and which has brought many new ideas and new observations into the study of the old question of social order in a world of born egoists. Accordingly, this volume contains contributions by biologists, sociologists, political scientists, economists, mathematicians, psychologists, and philosophers.


Cooperation Group Decision Gruppenentscheidungsprozesse Kooperation Social Dilemma Spieltheorie bounded rationality game theory politische Ökonomie public choice simulation simulations strategy Ökonom Ökonomie

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Schulz
    • 1
  • Wulf Albers
    • 2
  • Ulrich Mueller
    • 3
  1. 1.Abteilung für PsychologieUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Mathematische WirtschaftsforschungUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  3. 3.ZUMA, Zentrum für Umfragen, Methoden und AnalysenMannheimGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-78862-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-78860-4
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