Emory Law Journal


How does large-scale social production coordinate individual behavior to produce public goods? In 1968, Hardin denied that the creation of public goods absent markets or the State is possible. Benkler, Shirky, Zittrain, and Lessig recently countered that the necessary coordination might emerge though social norms. However, scholars have not fully explained how this coordination is to occur. Game theorists have modeled large-scale social production as a solution to the herder problem/multi-player Prisoner¿s Dilemma. But we demonstrate that the ¿weeding in function reflects dynamics more accurately captured in coordination games. In this way, dispute resolution can provide a constitutive function for the community.