Diffusion of Responsibility

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The tendency for persons in a group to fail to act—e.g., in an emergency—because others are present, and the responsibility for acting is diffused, causing a bystander effect
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The entrenched norm of diffusion of responsibility shall contribute to putting strategic discretions and decisions into their lap, and it will be their terms that shall prevail.
We proposed that a moderator, others' similarity, would determine the impact of high participation rates of others on an individual's charitable behavior, and aimed to show that this moderator would work through the diffusion of responsibility motive.
Psychologists believe that one of the main reasons is diffusion of responsibility - we assume that because there are other people around, somebody else will step in.
Too often, the latter (a rationalized reaction) wins out due to the perceived diffusion of responsibility and social influence.
Researchers have attributed three main reasons: one, the diffusion of responsibility - that is, the lack of a sense that it is any one person's job to step in, since there are others around who might do so (onlookers are more likely to intervene if there are few or no other witnesses); two, social influence, or the natural human tendency to look around to see how others are acting and shape one's own actions accordingly; and three, simple shyness at standing out from a passive crowd.
Whenever we take action (rather than wait for someone else to do it) when observing someone being stigmatized, one by one, we are combating both the bystander effect and the diffusion of responsibility, with responsible behavior.
But there may well have been other factors at play beside diffusion of responsibility.
While the diffusion of responsibility for national security from central government to the private sector may be controversial, the process does enable new security politics to emerge.
The diffusion of responsibility among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Surgeon General and Public Health Service, the military, and NIH creates this ambiguity.
Diffusion of responsibility refers to the situations in which the presence of others acting in a similar manner simultaneously diminishes the feeling of responsibility that any one person may feel.
It is also widely believed that a diffusion of responsibility and an overlap of power within the SP is another reason behind Mulayam's helplessness.
It follows from the defense's argument that none of the indicted combatants may reasonably bear responsibility for this war's horror due to the diffusion of responsibility and the inability for any international body to properly adjudicate it.
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