The Classic "Social Dilemmas"

A student of the SD's is immediately presented with the prospect of having to study a variety of scholarly fields to get a complete picture - as suggested in the Introduction. References to the subject can be found in the sciences of Philosophy, Game Theory, Social Choice Theory, Political Theory, Economic Theory and Behaviorial Theory. While this diffusion of research over so many fields may make it difficult for the student of this subject it, on the other hand, shows the universiality of the phenomena and provides many useful examples.

The first major work related to this phenomenon seems to be the Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan written in 1651. Modern interest seems to center around two concepts, "The Tragedy of the Commons" and "The Prisoner's Dilemma".

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