TitleDistributed Norm Enforcement Via Ostracism
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBas APerreau de, Sierra C, Schorlemmer M
EditorSichman J.S, J. P, Ossowski S., Noriega P.
Conference NameCoordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems III. COIN 2007 International Workshops. Revised Selected Papers

An agent normative society has to deal with two main concerns: how to define norms and how to enforce them. Enforcement becomes a complex issue as agent societies become more decentralized and open. We propose a new distributed mechanism to enforce norms by ostracizing agents that do not abide by them. Our simulations have shown that, although complete ostracism is not always possible, the mechanism substantially reduces the number of norm violations.