Unformatted text preview: iii. Most Americans belong to or are closely associate with some interest group b. Why do people form and join interest groups? i. Material benefits ii. Solidary benefits iii. Purposive benefits 1. The feelings that someone gets for doing something good to help someone else iv. based on a theoretical assumption that people engage in collective action because it is rational to do so c. What is rational? i. Maximize benefits, minimize costs ii. Thus people form and join interest groups when the benefits exceed the costs (time, money, effort) d. Public goods and the free rider problem e....
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- Spring '06
- Free rider problem, Share common attitudes, group interests