Simon T. Powers, Carel P. van Schaik, Laurent Lehmann
Abstract:To resolve the major controversy about how large-scale societies could ever evolve and be maintained, we propose that two questions need to be answered. First, how do social interactions in small-scale and large-scale societies differ? By reviewing the exchange and collective-action dilemmas in both small-scale and large-scale societies, we show they are not different. Second, are individual decision-making mechanisms driven by self-interest? We extract from the literature three types of individual decision-ma…
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