Evolution of institutional rules: An immune system perspective

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This article discusses the evolution of institutional rules, the prescriptions that humans use to shape their collective activities. Four aspects of the rules are discussed: coding, creation, selection, and memory. The immune system provides us a useful metaphor to relate these four aspects into a coherent framework. For each aspect, the relevant dynamics in social systems and immune systems are discussed. Finally, a framework for a computational model to study the evolution of rules is sketched.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-23
Number of pages8
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005


  • Collective action
  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Evolution of rules
  • Institutions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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