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Narrative PoliticsStories and Collective Action$
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Frederick W. Mayer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199324460

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324460.001.0001

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The Problems of Collective Action

The Problems of Collective Action

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(p.13) Chapter 2 The Problems of Collective Action
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Narrative Politics
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Frederick W. Mayer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324460.003.0002

The problem of collective action is ubiquitous: it is in many ways the central problem of social life. Free riding is commonly identified as the obstacle to collective action, but there are many impediment to collective action. In addition to free riding, communities face problems of coordination and assurance. And even more fundamentally, before there can be any collective action a community needs to convergence on a common conception of its interests.

Keywords:   free riding, assurance, coordination, construction of Interests, community

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