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Netnapit Tasakorn
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c/o +Paola Ricaurte Quijano, this is an image from Elinor Ostrom's paper on "Revising theory in light of experimental findings".  Basically, some experimental results showed that people had higher levels of cooperation than conventional economics predicts they would.  So this led Ostrom to wonder, what is the broader context that is influencing the preferences and actions of these people?  Why are they not "just" maximising short-term benefits, as they're expected to do?

And going further: What causes them to develop trust, in the cases in which they do develop trust?  Because that seems to be part of the cooperative mindset.

Instead of asking what “the” government should do, assuming that external actors will make wise decisions and implement them effectively, this perspective leads the analyst to inquire how individuals facing social dilemmas can gain trust that others are trustworthy reciprocators and that a cooperator will not be a sucker who contributes while others continue to free ride.

+David Amerland remarked on "Our ever evolving understanding of a person's competance, benevolence and ability to deviler on a stated promise" (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DavidAmerland/posts/QkoWA954Fja).

... and I think that has a lot to do with it.  At the beginning, we typically won't have 100% realistic expectations, but as time goes by we learn more about each other and learn what to expect.

Ostrom's view (from the paper) is that

Sustainable use of resources relates to the confidence that users have that the rules relating to who can use, when, how, and where are actually followed.
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