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Shall We Kill or Enslave Caesar? Analyzing the Caesar Model

  • Jasso, Guillermina


    (New York University)

When a society overthrows a ruler – call the ruler Caesar – what determines whether Caesar is killed or enslaved? This paper presents a model of killing versus enslaving Caesar, based on a new theory which unifies justice, status, and power. The model pertains to societies which value ordinal goods like bravery, yielding predictions for three of the five types of societies – justice-nonmaterialistic, status, and power-nonmaterialistic. Results cover members’ gains, effects of own rank and group size, and relative gains from killing or enslaving Caesar. Further results suggest that Caesar will be killed only in a justice-nonmaterialistic society, and from the noblest of motives – to achieve equal gains for members.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3460.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2008
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Publication status: published in: Advances in Group Processes, 2008, 25, 327-343
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3460
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  1. Jasso, Guillermina, 2007. "Theoretical Unification in Justice and Beyond," IZA Discussion Papers 2641, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Jasso, Guillermina, 2007. "A New Unified Theory of Sociobehavioral Forces," IZA Discussion Papers 3243, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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