Workshop on Norm Compliance

July 6, 2010

European University Institute

Villa Schifanoia,

Via Boccaccio 121,

San Domenico, Fiesole, Florence

The workshop aims to develop a shared framework for understanding norm compliance: the process enabling an external request or command to be obeyed. Scholars from cognitive science, deontic logic, anthropology, law, social sciences, computer science, philosophy and experimental economics will be given the opportunity to tackle difficult problems and discuss theories and results about norm compliance, trying to exceed the boundaries of the single disciplines. A special attention will be devoted to the role played by methodologies and tools, including experiments on norm compliance with humans, psychological and anthropological investigations, but also computational and simulation models on the subject matter. 

To further an inter-disciplinary discussion, the workshop will be organized as follows. Every presentation (30 min) will be commented (10 min) by a discussant coming from a different discipline, who should very briefly summarize the main theses of the papers and then offer hints on how a cross-fertilization between the two domains can advance knowledge on the topic. The authors will have then some minutes for reply, and a general discussion will follow (20 min).

Topics and possible questions are (but are not restricted to) the following:

  • the normative mind, its nature and evolution
  • mechanisms and architecture of norm compliance
  • the logic of norm compliance
  • norm compliance in a rational choice framework
  • norms and emotions
  • behavioural conformity and normative compliance:
    • automatic and unreflective norm compliance
    • norm internalization
  • functions and limits of norm compliance
    • when is violation advantageous/functional?
    • variance in norm compliance
  • cultural transmission and the establishment of social norms
  • evolution of human social institutions 
  • norm violation and norm evolution
  • the evolution, maintenance and alteration of norms
    • when do a norm decay?
  • how and when do new solutions emerge to make up for persistent violations?
  • enforcing mechanisms allowing norm compliance
    • how to achieve deterrence: different kinds of punishing mechanisms
    • how to constrain the possibility to violate?
    • which is the nature of constraints allowing norm compliance/conformity? Physical constraints, psychological constraints, etc…
  • mechanisms of control of norm compliance (computer supporting)
    • which rate of norm violation can be tolerated by the system?

The workshop will be held in Fiesole (Italy) on July the 6th. The location of the conference will be the European University Institute in the surroundings of Florence. It will be collocated with the ΔEON 2010 conference. The event will be supported by the European project COST Action "Agreement Technologies". 

Organizing Committee

  • Giulia Andrighetto 
    (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
  • Guido Boella 
    (University of Turin, Italy)
  • Cristiano Castelfranchi 
    (ISTC-CNR, Italy)