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Vested interest in the decision to resolve social dilemma conflicts

Webb, Janine and Foddy, Margaret 2004, Vested interest in the decision to resolve social dilemma conflicts, Small group research, vol. 35, no. 6, pp. 666-697, doi: 10.1177/1046496404266546.

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Title Vested interest in the decision to resolve social dilemma conflicts
Author(s) Webb, Janine
Foddy, Margaret
Journal name Small group research
Volume number 35
Issue number 6
Start page 666
End page 697
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2004-12
ISSN 1046-4964
1552-8278
Keyword(s) social dilemmas
institutional change
group processes
social inequalities
Summary This exploratory study investigated the degree of correspondence between individual and group interests in the decision to adopt a sanctioning system to manage a shared resource with social dilemma properties. Fifty-two groups of four people accessed a "free-running" computer-simulated shared resource and had either equal or unequal resource access and experienced either an equitable or inequitable sanctioning system. Consistent with past research, a worse group outcome and greater voting for system change was found under the equitable than under the inequitable sanctioning system. However, at the individual level of analysis, the results suggested that the sanctioning systems did not have the same implications for all group members and that some of those differences predicted voting for system change. The study suggests the need to investigate the various decision frames and inequitable implications associated with structural/institutional change and calls for further investigation of dependencies between micro- and macro-level units of analysis.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1046496404266546
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002648

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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