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By Barbara Harshav, Jens Beckert

Author note: Translated through Barbara Harshav
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2002

Beyond the Market launches a sociological research into financial potency. triumphing fiscal conception, and is the reason potency utilizing formalized rational selection versions, usually simplifies human behaviour to the purpose of distortion.

Jens Beckert reveals such thought to be relatively vulnerable in explaining such an important kinds of fiscal behaviour as cooperation, innovation and motion below stipulations of uncertainty - phenomena he identifies because the right place to begin for a sociology of monetary motion.

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Punishment itself can be supported by a metanorm but will then enter an infinite regression, which intensifies the free-rider problem in every round: who punishes the one who did not punish the renegade actor, who did not punish the renegade actor, and so on? Another possibility of the external solution of the prisoners’ dilemma consists of defining the term norm differently. Instead of expecting socially desirable behavior from external sanctions, we can imagine norms as internalized modes of behavior that exist independent of sanctions or at least cannot be reduced to them.

This in turn would justify asking about the presumptions under which actors disregard individual rational strategies, and precisely because of that, are moved into a position to achieve superior results. In the search for the solution of the prisoners’ dilemma within the paradigm of the economic model of action, two strategies can be distinguished, which Michael Taylor (1990:224) labeled the internal and the external solution. “Internal solutions neither involve nor presuppose changes in the ‘game,’ that is, the possibilities open to the individuals .

A stable and self-reinforcing equilibrium takes shape as long as the payoffs for A are higher for cooperation than for perpetual defecting. Yet, which equilibrium this will be cannot be determined by the rational-actor model. However, A must be able to observe the strategy played by B if efficient equilibria are to be possible. Starting from a competitive structure, it is possible for player A to cooperate with various Bs and to decide on cooperation with the B who has the best reputation. Yet, once again, a presumption is the possibility of observing the reputation of the various Bs.

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