The Evolution of Reciprocal Cooperation

  • Rudolf A. Schüßler


It is the aim of this paper to develop a new way to model reciprocal cooperation. Hitherto reciprocity has counted merely as a form of cooperation, which has mainly been treated in the context of the well-known Prisoner’s Dilemma (PD) game. I will try to show that it is necessary to turn to a different game structure for a satisfactory account of reciprocal cooperation, involving features of a number of cooperation forms that are out of reach of the old structure. In the end I hope to have introduced a tool for the structural analysis of real phenomena, which allows a better appreciation of its richness and complexity than the standard PD.


Payoff Matrix Evolutionary Stable Strategy Reciprocal Exchange Reciprocal Altruism Exchange Cycle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf A. Schüßler
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  1. 1.Institute of SociologyUniversity of MunichMunichGermany

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