On Cooperation

11 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2012

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Thomas K. J. McDermott

SEMRU, Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Date Written: September 6, 2011

Abstract

In this essay I discuss the role of cooperation in the process of innovation. I argue for a reorientation of the way we conceptualize economic behavior, taking account of the centrality of cooperation as a driving force of economic dynamism. I also seek to distinguish between different forms of cooperation - 'negative' cooperation, based on coercion and survival needs, as distinct from 'positive' cooperation, which facilitates creativity, self-expression and ultimately innovation.

Keywords: cooperation, competition, evolution, economic dynamism, innovation

JEL Classification: A13, B12, B52, O31, P10, P16

Suggested Citation

McDermott, Thomas K. J., On Cooperation (September 6, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2016885 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2016885

Thomas K. J. McDermott (Contact Author)

SEMRU, Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway ( email )

University Road
Galway, Co. Kildare
Ireland

HOME PAGE: http://https://thomaskjmcdermott.wordpress.com

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment ( email )

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London, WC2A 2AE
Great Britain

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