Disobedience as a mechanism of change

David Burth Kurka*, Jeremy Pitt, Peter R. Lewis, Alina Patelli, Aniko Ekart

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Abstract

Non-compliance is an expected outcome in norm-governed multi-agent systems, justifying the specification of monitoring, enforcement and sanctioning mechanisms. However, the simplistic assumption is that the violated norm is 'right' and the violating agent is 'wrong'. More complex situations involve selective common-sense non-application of a sanction (the principled violation of policy), situations where the norm is 'right' but those applying it are wrong, and situations where the norm itself is 'wrong'. In complex organisations, the iron law of oligarchy implies that these latter situations will arise and will need to be identified, but cannot be addressed by conventional sanctioning mechanisms that focus on individual violation with respect to supposedly infallible norms and/or norm enforcers. In this paper, we investigate the role of collective disobedience as a transformative mechanism for rule-or ruler-change, through the integration of the principled violation of policy, interactional justice and social learning. Our experiments provide evidence that the inclusion of formal mechanisms for pardoning and reformation enable agents to identify unfairness and displace an oligarchic clique through a process of revolution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 12th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems, SASO 2018
PublisherIEEE
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Volume2018-September
ISBN (Electronic)9781538651728
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2019
Event12th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems, SASO 2018 - Trento, Italy
Duration: 3 Sep 20187 Sep 2018

Publication series

Name 2018 IEEE 12th International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO)
PublisherIEEE
ISSN (Print)1949-3673
ISSN (Electronic)1949-3681

Conference

Conference12th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems, SASO 2018
CountryItaly
CityTrento
Period3/09/187/09/18

Keywords

  • disobedience
  • dynamic equilibria
  • evolutionary systems
  • multi-agent systems
  • norm governed systems
  • self organization

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    Burth Kurka, D., Pitt, J., Lewis, P. R., Patelli, A., & Ekart, A. (2019). Disobedience as a mechanism of change. In Proceedings - 12th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems, SASO 2018 (Vol. 2018-September, pp. 1-10). [8613714] ( 2018 IEEE 12th International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO)). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/SASO.2018.00011