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Spontaneous disorder : conflict-kindling institutions in virtual worlds


Mildenberger, Carl David (2018). Spontaneous disorder : conflict-kindling institutions in virtual worlds. Journal of Institutional Economics, 14(5):787-809.

Abstract

This paper analyses the emergence and persistence of disorder due to bellicose (i.e. ‘conflict-kindling’) institutions. It does so relying on a novel empirical approach, examining the predatory and productive interactions of 400,000 users of a virtual world as well as its institutions. The paper finds that while there are many cases of spontaneous order in that virtual world, and while the users are not more conflict-loving as such, bellicose institutions sanctioning suicidal attacks in a supposedly safe region spontaneously emerged and rigidly persist, thus upholding disorder (i.e. a particularly violent kind of ordered anarchy).

Abstract

This paper analyses the emergence and persistence of disorder due to bellicose (i.e. ‘conflict-kindling’) institutions. It does so relying on a novel empirical approach, examining the predatory and productive interactions of 400,000 users of a virtual world as well as its institutions. The paper finds that while there are many cases of spontaneous order in that virtual world, and while the users are not more conflict-loving as such, bellicose institutions sanctioning suicidal attacks in a supposedly safe region spontaneously emerged and rigidly persist, thus upholding disorder (i.e. a particularly violent kind of ordered anarchy).

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
Language:English
Date:1 October 2018
Deposited On:30 Nov 2020 08:30
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 15:15
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:1744-1374
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/s1744137417000492
Official URL:https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/FD3D9EB63DB30E0A1D303E1EE7919BA4/S1744137417000492a.pdf/spontaneous_disorder_conflictkindling_institutions_in_virtual_worlds.pdf
Related URLs:https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-institutional-economics (Publisher)

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