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Meeting at Grand Central: Understanding the Social and Evolutionary Roots of Cooperation

Lee Cronk and Beth L. Leech


From the family to the workplace to the marketplace, every facet of our lives is shaped by cooperative interactions. Yet everywhere we look, we are confronted by proof of how difficult cooperation can be—snarled traffic, polarized politics, overexploited resources, social problems that go ignored. The benefits to oneself of a free ride on the efforts of others mean that collective goals often are not met. But compared to most other species, people actually cooperate a great deal. Why is this? This book brings together insights from evolutionary biology, political science, economics, anthropolo ... More

Keywords: cooperation, Mancur Olson, George C. Williams, coordination, collective action, cooperative behavior, institutions, norms, incentives, evolutionary biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691154954
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lee Cronk, author
Rutgers University

Beth L. Leech, author
Rutgers University