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Critical Mass in Collective Action

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ISBN-10: 052103955X

ISBN-13: 9780521039550

Edition: 2007

Authors: Gerald Marwell, Pamela Oliver

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The problem of collective action is that each member of a group wants other members to make necessary sacrifices while he or she "free rides," reaping the benefits of collective action without doing the work. Inevitably the end result is that no one does the work and the common interest is not realized. This book analyzes the social pressure whereby groups solve the problem of collective action. The authors break new ground in showing that the problem of collective action requires a model of group process and cannot be deduced from simple models of individual behavior. They employ formal mathematical models to emphasize the role of small subgroups of especially motivated individuals who form the "critical mass" that sets collective action in motion.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
The critical mass and the problem of collective action
Building blocks: goods, groups and processes
The paradox of group size
The dynamics of production functions
Social networks: density, centralisation and cliques
Selectivity in social networks
Reach and selectivity as strategies of recruitment
Unfinished business
References
Name index
Subject index