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Towards the evolution of social structure

Edmonds, Bruce and Norling, Emma and Hales, David (2009) Towards the evolution of social structure. Computational and mathematical organization theory, 15 (2). pp. 78-94. ISSN 1572-9346

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To what extent can social structure result from evolutionary processes as popposed to being deliberately organised? To begin to answer this questions five different but releated social simulations are reviewed, and a map of which mechanisms might results in what structures under what conditions being started. These show that different structures can be brought about by evolutionary processes based on the abilities and propensities of the individuals. The article ends with some challenges—to construct a credible simulations of more sophisticated structures: social group selection and self-organised value chains.

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