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books of social psychology, interdependence theory rarely appears, it is altogether missing e.g. in the book by Smith & Mackie (2007); it is presented only rudimentarily by Aronson, Wilson and Akert (2004); it is discussed in somewhat more detail in textbooks of German ori- gin. However, the theory is mostly given a rather short description and its extension with the resource theory by Foa & Foa (1974) and Foa et al. (1993) is not even mentioned. Publica- tions on interdependence theory are often purely theoretical or post hoc interpretations; one of the few publications that is empirically investigating the consequences of its control parame- ters (see below fig. 1) is by Försterling and Böcker (1995). In addition to this, there are only few links made to social cognition and communication that could make fuller use of the theo- retical, interdisciplinary, and applied potential of interdependence theory. Justice research, de- scendant of the sociological exchange theory of Homans (1961), is not any more firmly em- bedded in interdependence or any other exchange theory (Müller & Hassebrauck, 1993). Exchange theories are a fruitful and lively field of research in biology, economics, soci- ology and in political science. By incorporating exchange theoretical research, social psychol- ogy could, on the one hand, learn a lot from the research questions, methods, and insights of its neighboring disciplines about social processes, e.g. with regard to the in psySP neglected topic of power structures (Molm, 1990). On the other hand, social psychology could contrib- ute genuinely psychological insights to the interdisciplinary discourse, in particular cognitive and motivational processes: the level of comparison, attributions, various social motivations beyond the assumption of self-interest and the corresponding transformations of the given into the effective matrix. Of importance, as well, is a widening of research on two-persons-games to n-persons-games, in particular regarding the logic of collective action (Olson, 1965) or so- cial dilemmas (Dawes, 1988), about which an intense interdisciplinary exchange already takes place. This is because many practical problems, as e.g. the commitment of effort to the benefit of organizational goals, the handling of the limited resources of our planet or the establish- ment of a social movement, finds herein an appropriate theoretical basis. Apart from the solu- tions for social dilemmas brought in by economists, as coercion and selective incentives (Ol- son, 1965), psychologists can contribute additional determinants, as e.g. attributions, leader- ship, trust, and social identity. As a result of these considerations, it can be noted that an elaboration of interdepen- dence theory, linking it more firmly to other social psychological theories and to the corre- sponding research in other disciplines, would make social psychology more interactive, more interdisciplinary, and more applicable. One crucial point, however, is missing in the entire ex-
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Pleading for a more social Social Psychology 13 change theoretical research and it is not taken seriously in psySP: How do evaluations of in- terdependent situations come about? How do interactants construct their meaning? SC-ap-
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