An evolutionary approach to norms

TitleAn evolutionary approach to norms
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsAxelrod, R
JournalThe American Political Science Review
Pagination1095–1111
KeywordsConstructivism
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Main Argument: Explores the conditions under which norms can evolve and prove stable, such as metanorms, the willingness to punish someone who did not enforce a norm, as well as dominance, internalization, deterrence, social proof, membership in groups, law, and reputation. To the extent that players are vengeful, but not very bold,a norm can be said to have been established.