collective action and social capital

Collective action - Test#2 Collective Action and Social Capital Logic of collective action o Problems on interest group membership If the"good

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February 26, 2008 Test #2 Collective Action and Social Capital Logic of collective action o Problems on interest group membership If the “good” produced by a people working together is non- excludable, you can still get (essentially) the same benefits even if you don’t incur the costs of supporting collective action People become “free-riders,” benefiting the altruistic actions of those who support the group. 4 features of collective action problems o A goal : Something to be achieved that requires collective action o Non-excludable benefits : You cannot limit the benefits of collective action to those who actively support the goal. o Irrelevance of individual action : One individual’s participation is not pivotal. o Pursuit of the goal has costs Is the collective action problem? o Voting Goal: Good elected officials Benefit: Good public policy (non-excludable because you get government services even if you don’t vote) Individual Action is largely irrelevant to outcomes
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2008 for the course POLS 1001 taught by Professor Cann during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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