Reciprocity and Distributive Justice

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC42 Social Psychology (host committee)
RC45 Rational Choice

Language: English

Although the study of cooperation has a longstanding tradition in sociology, questions about how individual motivations and institutional arrangements foster cooperation are still open. To this regard, several models based on individual preferences try to explain cooperation by looking at individual’s motivations. In this vein, both reciprocity and fairness concerns are considered to facilitate cooperation at different levels. First, individuals might be willing to cooperate when they expect others to reciprocate their behavior. Second, distributive justice considerations are expected to play a role in cooperation decisions as there is strong evidence that individuals care about the distribution of outcomes in social interactions. At the individual level, the literature has focused mostly on the emergence of cooperation in experimental settings and face-to-face interactions, while research at the macro level has focused mainly on how cooperation takes place within societal institutions (i.e. why do welfare state institutions emerge and why do people support redistributive policies, why do people respect the law, why do people pay taxes). This session accepts theoretical, empirical and experimental contributions to the study the problem of cooperation focusing on the role of reciprocity and distributive justice in individual, groups and societies at large, being welcomed research related to topics suc as social trust, altruism, pro-social behavior, social cohesion, justice beliefs and distributive preferences.
Session Organizers:
Antonio M. JAIME-CASTILLO, University of Malaga, Spain and Juan Carlos CASTILLO, Pontificia Universitad Catolica de Chile, Chile
Oral Presentations
Justice As a Precondition for Cooperation in Modern Societies
Stefan LIEBIG, German Institute for Economic Research, Germany; Meike MAY, Okanagan College, Canada
The Moral Economy of Merit and Meritocracy: An Analysis of the Chilean Lower-and Middle-Class
Jorge ATRIA, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile; Juan Carlos CASTILLO, Pontificia Universitad Catolica de Chile, Chile
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