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Democracy and resilient pro-social behavioral change: an experimental study

Kenju Kamei ()

Social Choice and Welfare, 2016, vol. 47, issue 2, 359-378

Abstract: Abstract Both experimental and empirical studies have shown that democratically imposing a policy that encourages cooperation may increase its effectiveness by enhancing the voters’ cooperation behavior. But, do those involved in the democratic decision-making process change their behavior when faced with an exogenously implemented rule? This paper experimentally shows that the voters that are involved in a successful democratic selection of a policy behave more pro-socially as consistent with recent studies. My experiment moreover shows that such a successful democratic imposition of the policy may increase the voters’ level of cooperation even when the policy is undemocratically imposed.

Date: 2016
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