The conflicts in modern society

Life in modern society is full of dilemmas which have serious implications for public welfare. Mark Van Vugt argues that a multi-disciplinary approach involving psychologists is the only way to tackle them successfully.
EVERY citizen enjoys the benefits of public services, such as hospitals, libraries and the police, but most will be reluctant to pay extra taxes to maintain them. Car drivers generally support the government’s plans to promote public transportation. Yet, how many drivers are prepared voluntarily to give up driving their car? As a third example, everyone perceives the need for cutting down water demands during a drought, but at the same time it is very tempting for each individual household to sprinkle its garden.

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