Frontiers in Social Dilemmas Research

  • Wim B. G. Liebrand
  • David M. Messick

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Social Dilemmas: Individual, Collective, and Dynamic Perspectives

    1. Wim B. G. Liebrand, David M. Messick
      Pages 1-9
  3. The Collective Perspective; Provision of Resources

  4. The Individual Perspective; Cooperation in Experimental Games

  5. The Dynamic Perspective; Computer Simulations of Micro-macro Dynamics

    1. Wim B. G. Liebrand, David M. Messick
      Pages 215-234
    2. Jeffrey A. Joireman, Gregory P. Shelley, Paul D. Teta, Jon Wilding, D. Michael Kuhlman
      Pages 289-310
    3. Rainer Hegselmann
      Pages 337-361
    4. Toshio Yamagishi, Nahoko Hayashi
      Pages 363-384
    5. Frans N. Stokman, Evelien P. H. Zeggelink
      Pages 385-418
    6. Ramzi Suleiman, Ilan Fischer
      Pages 419-438

About these proceedings


Social dilemmas are situations in which individuals, groups or nations face a choice between their own short-term interests and the longer-term interests of all parties involved, including themselves. As a consequence, in the end they all regret the way they have acted. Examples of social dilemmas are easy to find: depletion of vital resources, arms races, over-production of hazardous substances and environmental pollutants, information hoarding, and the failure to provide and maintain public goods. Understanding the dynamics of social dilemmas constitutes a major challenge. One prominent feature that distinguishes this book is the focus on computer simulations as a methodology for the exploration of the dynamic interplay of individual level processes and aggregate outcomes.


Computersiulation Konfliktlösung Motivation Motive Spieltheorie agents computer simulaltions conflict resolution cooperation decision making interaction n-person-prisoner's dilemma organization organizations simulations

Editors and affiliations

  • Wim B. G. Liebrand
    • 1
  • David M. Messick
    • 2
  1. 1.Social Science Information TechnologyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of ManagementNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-85263-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-85261-9
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