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Reward and Punishment in Social Dilemmas$
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Paul A.M. Van Lange, Bettina Rockenbach, and Toshio Yamagishi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199300730

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199300730.001.0001

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For the Common Good? The Use of Sanctions in Social Dilemmas

For the Common Good? The Use of Sanctions in Social Dilemmas

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(p.70) 5 For the Common Good? The Use of Sanctions in Social Dilemmas
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Reward and Punishment in Social Dilemmas
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Eric van Dijk

Laetitia B. Mulder

Erik W. de Kwaadsteniet

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199300730.003.0005

Sanctions (i.e., rewards and punishments) are often proposed as straightforward solutions to promote cooperation and prevent noncooperation. The effects of sanctions are, however, complex. Whereas sanctions may often work, the literature on sanctioning behavior also shows that sanctions may backfire. This chapter presents a research program to reveal the psychological processes that underlie these negative effects. In doing so, it also discusses the conditions that should be met for sanctions to work and the psychological processes that determine whether or not people want to use sanctions as a means to increase cooperation.

Keywords:   sanctions, cooperation, interpersonal trust, business frame, rewards, punishment, governmental authority

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