"When strength does not pay: Understanding the Strength-is-Weakness effect in coalition formation"
Tilburg University - Social psychology
Prof.dr. Ilja van Beest (Tilburg University)
dr. Tila Pronk (Tilburg University)
dr.ing. Niels van de Ven (Tilburg University)
1 September 2015 - 31 August 2019
The aim of this project is to shed light on the much observed, but little elucidated, Strength-is-Weakness effect: the observation that in coalition formation the most powerful often leave coalition bargaining empty-handed. Utilizing insights and methods stemming from social psychology, economics and political science, this project aims at furthering our understanding of the psychological processes underlying the Strength-is-Weakness effect.
In several subprojects, the project will investigate which player(s) is/are most responsible for the effect (i.e. whether those with much input ask a too large share of the outcomes or whether those with little input have a tendency to avoid those with much input from the outset), and which role cognitive (e.g. executive control) and emotional (e.g. envy) processes play in behavior leading to the Strength-is-Weakness effect. Moreover, the project will aim at identifying boundary conditions to the Strength-is-Weakness effect.