Experiments combining communication with punishment options demonstrate how individuals can overcome social dilemmas

Elinor Ostrom
2012 Behavioral and Brain Sciences  
AbstractGuala raises important questions about the misinterpretation of experimental studies that have found that subjects engage in costly punishment. Instead of positing that punishment is the solution for social dilemmas, earlier research posited that when individuals facing a social dilemma agreed on their own rules and used graduated sanctions, they were more likely to have robust solutions over time.
doi:10.1017/s0140525x11001282 pmid:22289323 fatcat:6c7gpaeh4vdzlch4fkz5mnxy6u