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The classical theoretical prediction for the “commons dilemma” is as tragedy. The situationpopularized as “the tragedy of the commons” became intriguing because beneath this unfortunateand surely undesired result of collective action laid the model of “rational actor”. Yet, themessiness of alternative theories of human behavior has been motive of hesitation to adopt morerealistic assumptions than those of the rational choice to address collective action. Still, a deeperunderstanding of the interplay among cognition, values systems, and institutions should be thestarting point for any discussion of societal change. In this paper, we present a new approach toadvance the theory of collective action by combining the framework of institutional analysis withClare Graves’s theory of adult biopsychosocial development. Moreover, we sketch an empiricalstrategy for investigating the behavioral hypotheses resulting from the Graves’ model usingexperimental CPR (common-pool resource) games. The results from the suggested approach promise to be a valuable improvement toward a more integral approach to collective actionproblems and sustainability.

Keywords: commons dilemma ; experimental economics ; institutional analysis ; psychologicalstage theory

Subject(s): Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies

Research Methods/ Statistical Methods

Issue Date: 2006

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/146375

Total Pages: 19

Record appears in: Sociedade Brasileira de Economia, Administracao e Sociologia Rural (SOBER) > 44th Congress, July 23-27, 2006, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil





Author: Meyer, Leandro Fredrico Ferraz

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/146375?ln=en







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