Title

Eye on Ethics: The Relevance of Game Theory to Social Work Ethics

Document Type

Article

Department (Manual Entry)

School of Social Work

Abstract

In the language of game theory, social workers tend to favor cooperative efforts. After all, clinical social workers do their best to help clients prevent and manage conflict. Agency administrators work hard to promote teamwork and minimize adversarial relationships. Social workers in policy positions build coalitions to formulate policies that benefit the commonweal. In short, social workers generally are conflict averse.

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