Daily Assignment Nov 12 - Collective Action Problems and the Public-Goods Contribution Game Readings The Logic of Collective Action Mancur Olson pp

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Collective Action Problems and the Public-Goods Contribution Game November 12, 2012 Readings The Logic of Collective Action , Mancur Olson. pp. 33-43, 53-65, 132-148, 159-167. Key Concepts Free riding rational individuals face strong incentives to free ride on the actions of others so that they don’t bear the cost of actual participation but still benefit from the outcome Mobilization capacity ability to mobilize a latent group Latent groups group in which an individual member only holds a minute percentage of power and has no incentive to work in the group interest but if a good is acquired for the group, a member will still be able to enjoy its benefits Group social capital the capacity of a group to secure contributions from its members to the group’s public goods Selective incentives when those who don’t join an organization working for the group’s interest, or in other ways contribute to the attainment of the group’s interest, can be treated differently from those who do Guide Questions
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  • Fall '11
  • Kleiman
  • Public Good, collective action, small groups, Free rider problem, Public choice theory

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