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Minding NormsMechanisms and dynamics of social order in agent societies$
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Rosaria Conte, Giulia Andrighetto, and Marco Campennl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812677.001.0001

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Norms’ Dynamics as a Complex Loop

Norms’ Dynamics as a Complex Loop

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Minding Norms

Giulia Andrighetto

Rosaria Conte

Oxford University Press

As discussed in Chapter 4, even the computational study of norms shows a major gap between what is called here the conventionalist and the institutional views. Norms are either seen as products of aggregated individual behaviors: i.e., conventions, or as deliberately issued prescriptions; i.e., laws. In particular, the computational models, in which norms are explicitly modeled, provide a static view where norm emergence and innovation are hardly implemented runtime. A different and more interesting view was presented in Chapter 5, where justice emerged by agents’ gradually “squeezing” one another into an increasingly equitable distribution of labor. However, much like the conventionalist view, the model presented in Chapter 5 gave no account of norms as prescriptions that agents can decide to accept or violate. In the present chapter, a model of norms as obligatory prescriptions is presented, in the attempt to bridge the gap between legal and other types of norms.

Keywords:   institutional norms, convention, normal vs. normative, prescription, normative will, normative request

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