Rationality and Collective Action

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC45 Rational Choice (host committee)

Language: English

The study of collective action has been one of the most fruitful applications of the rational choice approach. Since Olson’s seminal contribution in the Logic of Collective Action, a vigorous strand of literature from different disciplines (mostly Sociology, Economy and Political Science) has addressed several research problems: the contribution to public goods, the management of common-pool resources, participation in social movements, revolutions, ... The use of analytical tools such as game theory has advanced our knowledge of how rational actors behave in collective action settings. However, recent contributions from other approaches, such as experimental studies or agent-based simulation, have opened new avenues to further our knowledge of these old problems. This session welcomes contributions using both theoretical and empirical approaches to analyse relevant problems of collective action in any field of the social sciences
Session Organizer:
Antonio M. JAIME-CASTILLO, University of Malaga, Spain
Oral Presentations
Heterogeneous Groups Overcome the Diffusion of Responsibility Problem in the Volunteer’s Dilemma
Andreas DIEKMANN, ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Wojtek PRZEPIORKA, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Neighborhood Cohesion and Generalized Exchange in the Sharing Economy
Rense CORTEN, Utrecht University, Netherlands; Gerald MOLLENHORST, Utrecht University, Netherlands; Beate VOLKER, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
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