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A behavioral perspective on the governance of common resources

Abstract During the last 40 years evidence from systematic case study analysis and behavioral experiments have provided a comprehensive perspective on how communities can manage common resources in a sustainable way. The conventional theory based on selfish rational actors cannot explain empirical observations. A more comprehensive theoretical framework of human behavior is emerging that include concepts such as trust, conditional cooperation, other-regarding preferences, social norms, and reputation. The new behavioral perspective also demonstrates that behavioral responses depend on social and biophysical context.
Created Date 2015-02-01
Contributor Janssen, Marco (ASU author) / Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability / School of Sustainability / College of Liberal Arts and Sciences / School of Human Evolution and Social Change / Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity
Type Text
Extent 9 pages
Language English
Identifier DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2014.08.002 / ISSN: 1877-3435 / ISSN: 1877-3443
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Citation Janssen, Marco A. (2015). A behavioral perspective on the governance of common resources. CURRENT OPINION IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, 12, 1-5.
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