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Types of normative conflict and the effectiveness of punishment


Rauhut, Heiko; Winter, Fabian (2017). Types of normative conflict and the effectiveness of punishment. In: Przepiorka, Wojtek; Jann, Ben. Social dilemmas, institutions, and the evolution of cooperation. Berlin: De Gruyter, 239-258.

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While the current literature focuses on how social norms generate cooperation, the issue of norm-related conflict deserves more attention. We develop a new typology of normative conflict by combining Coleman’s (1990) distinction between conjoint and disjoint norms with our own classification of commitment-related and content-related normative conflicts (Winter, Rauhut, and Helbing 2012). We outline a theory of how the four resulting types of normative conflict can be ordered. We provide real-life examples and typical game-theoretical conceptualizations of the four cases and suggest how they can be sorted according to their conflict potential and the extent to which conflict can be restored by punishment. We then discuss a prototypical laboratory study for each of the types, and show how our theoretical arguments can be applied. We conclude with a discussion of how previously anomalous empirical results can be re-thought and understood in light of our theoretical reasoning. Finally, we give suggestions for prospective empirical micro-level corroborations and for mechanism design.

Abstract

While the current literature focuses on how social norms generate cooperation, the issue of norm-related conflict deserves more attention. We develop a new typology of normative conflict by combining Coleman’s (1990) distinction between conjoint and disjoint norms with our own classification of commitment-related and content-related normative conflicts (Winter, Rauhut, and Helbing 2012). We outline a theory of how the four resulting types of normative conflict can be ordered. We provide real-life examples and typical game-theoretical conceptualizations of the four cases and suggest how they can be sorted according to their conflict potential and the extent to which conflict can be restored by punishment. We then discuss a prototypical laboratory study for each of the types, and show how our theoretical arguments can be applied. We conclude with a discussion of how previously anomalous empirical results can be re-thought and understood in light of our theoretical reasoning. Finally, we give suggestions for prospective empirical micro-level corroborations and for mechanism design.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:September 2017
Deposited On:23 Jan 2018 13:36
Last Modified:01 Oct 2018 00:06
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISBN:978-3-11-047297-4
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110472974-012
Related URLs:https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110472974 (Publisher)

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