Chap 15 (Politics)

Chap 15 (Politics) - Chapter 15 Politics and the State The...

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Chapter 15 Politics and the State
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The Tragedy of the Commons Medieval England people free access to “the commons” Acting in self interest, should add as many cows as you can Individual pays little of the cost – cost shared by all Population growth + individual self interest = destruction of the commons = economic ruin People will do themselves in Lord of commons withdraws free access Since he owns both the cows and the land it is in his interest to protect the resource
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Messick and Wilke study 6 college students at computer terminals “Harvesting” game – 300 points in a pool – players remove points, researcher replenishes pool at varying rate Two goals Get as many points as possible Protect the resources as long as possible Do you take points out of the pool hoping to win, but depleting the resource? Conclusions not surprising…. But what do they tell us about ourselves?
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Messick and Wilke conclusions Over time, all players maximized
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This note was uploaded on 02/11/2011 for the course SYG 2000 taught by Professor Joos during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.

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