Thursday 09 July 2009
Zeeman (Mathematics) Building, Room B1.01, Warwick University
Philosophers, economists, and legal theorists have recently developed an interest in the analysis of social norms and their influence on human behaviour, drawing on earlier research from social psychologists, but also contributing new analytical approaches. Social norms are of particular importance to motivate environmentally sensible behaviour such as energy saving, recycling, and environmentally aware consumer choices. This is of great relevance for the transition processes needed to develop a low carbon society, as these transitions require fundamental changes in human behaviour. Not all of these changes can be enforced by regulation or triggered by economic incentives. Changing social norms is an important and often overlooked policy tool. Social norms can be effective where formal sanctioning is difficult or undesirable. For instance, while taxes and regulations can crowd out intrinsic motivations to act in a socially desirable way, social norms and their enforcement mechanisms (e.g. social approval, reputation, self-image) make active use of these motivations. Therefore, to achieve the behavioural changes required to address climate change, understanding how social norms are shaped, enforced, changed, and how they influence human behaviour is crucial. One problem in the current scientific debate is the lack of exchange between game-theoretical, economic, philosophical, and experimental work with regard to social norms. The proposed workshop links these perspectives to advance the debate.
Convened by: Tony Cole, Dan Priel, Kai Spiekermann
The Warwick Low Carbon Society Initiative with the Centre for Ethics, Law, and Public Affairs
|10:15||Tom Tyler, "Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: The Benefits of Self-Regulation"
|11:00||Comment by Simon Hailwood (Liverpool)|
|11:45||Kjell Arne Brekke, "Conditionality of Cooperation and the impact on environmental norms"|
|13:15||Lunch (light lunch will be provided)
|14:00||Luc Bovens, "The Tragedy of the Commons and Doubly Symmetric Games"
|14:45||Comment by Kai Spiekermann
|16:00||Kai Spiekermann, "Nudges and Norms for the Common Good"|
|17:30||Concluding debate and closing remarks|
|19:00||Workshop dinner (by invitation)|