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Nguyen 1 The Government’s Role in Collective Action
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Nguyen 2 In a democracy, the government serves as a provider to citizens throughout the nation. The people’s job is to vote and have a part in the government’s actions. Often times, the citizens will lose focus of their common goal and their coordination and collective efforts will soon be difficult to reach. Because it is the government’s job to maintain a stable economy for the society, whatever problem a large collective group is facing can be solved by getting assistance. The government can solve collective action problems by using coercion, giving incentives, and delegating upon the citizens. Collective action isn’t always successful; individuals within the group often face problems like coordination and prisoner’s dilemma. Although everyone in the group have a common interest or objective, “…they will still not voluntarily act to achieve that common or group interest” (Olson 2). If the collective group is rather large, the transaction costs rises very quickly. Free -riding, abstaining a contribution to the collective effort help a collective effort, is a significant reason why it is so difficult to reach a common group goal. This happens because an individual may realize that their small contribution to will merely effect the group’s success or failure. In addition, the
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