Shall we kill or enslave caesar? Analyzing the caesar model

Guillermina Jasso

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    When a society overthrows a ruler - call the ruler Caesar - what determines whether Caesar is killed or enslaved? This chapter 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.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationJustice
    EditorsKaren Hegtvedt, Jody Clay-Warner
    Number of pages17
    StatePublished - 2008

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Group Processes
    ISSN (Print)0882-6145

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science


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