Globale Kooperation : Sind Menschen auf diese zivilisatorische Herausforderung vorbereitet?

Käte Hamburger Kolleg
Messner, Dirk; Guarín, Alejandro

Die Krise der globalen Kooperation, etwa im Bereich Klimawandel, erscheint im Licht aktueller Erkenntnisse aus Sozial- und Naturwissenschaften in gewisser Weise als Rätsel: Menschen sind auf interpersoneller Ebene durchaus sehr kooperationsfähig; internationale Zusammenarbeit scheitert aber genau dort, wo wir sie am meisten brauchen. Die Autoren zeigen, wie die Forschung zu Problemlösungen beitragen kann.

International cooperation to tackle complex common resource problems such as climate change is extremely difficult. Although there is a broad agreement on the nature of the problem, many nations continue to block any meaningful action for solution. Global cooperation seems to fail when we need it most. This global cooperation crisis is baffling in light of recent evidence about the surprisingly cooperative disposition of human beings: people cooperate all the time, and they enjoy doing so. The evolutionary biologist, Martin Nowak, argues that cooperation might be the third principle and driver of evolution (in addition to selection and mutation). Against this background we argue that power games are not enough to explain current international cooperation blockades. We discuss avenues towards a theory of international cooperation and international relations which take into account recent insights into the drivers and basic mechanisms of human cooperative behaviour.



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