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The Rewards of Punishment: A Relational Theory of Norm Enforcement

Christine Horne


This book describes a new social theory of norms to provide an explanation of why people punish. Identifying mechanisms that link interdependence with norm enforcement, it reveals how social relationships lead individuals to enforce norms, even when doing so makes little sense. The book tells the whole story, from ideas, to experiments, to real-world applications. In addition to addressing longstanding theoretical puzzles—such as why harmful behavior is not always punished, why individuals enforce norms in ways that actually hurt the group, why people enforce norms which benefit others rather ... More

Keywords: punishment, norms, norm enforcement, social relationships, behavior, sex, crime, international human rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804760218
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760218.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Horne, author