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Communes: The Logic of the Commons and Institutional Design

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Bullock, Kari; Baden, John
Date: 1976
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/3814
Sector: Theory
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Subject(s): institutional design
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Abstract: "Among the sources of tension in American society is a substantial ambivalence toward competition. American children, like those in most other modernized societies are given a dual behavioral standard. For most social interactions, competition is an accepted and even a favored mode of behavior. In the family, however, unselfish and altruistic behavior is upheld as the ideal. Thus, the child is expected to learn to adjust his behavior to differing situations. Careful discrimination, then, became very important in determining appropriate action in any given situation. "There is no society that is perfectly successful in its acculturation of its children. Further, no individual is capable of perfect discrimination. He cannot apply one standard with perfection outside the family context, and concurrently apply another within. These weaknesses invariably create problems and tensions."

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