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Constraints on Cooperative Behavior in the U.S. Continental Congresses: 1774-1789

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Wilson, Rick K.
Conference: Mini-Conference of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
Location: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Conf. Date: December, 1989
Date: 1989
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/162
Sector: Social Organization
Subject(s): cooperation
governance and politics
Abstract: "The first delegates to the Continental Congress in 1774 shared two contradictory goals. On the one hand they sought unanimity in their actions. On the other hand the assembled delegates aimed at sustaining the sovereignty of their own colonies. These conflictual goals captured many of the tensions that later plagued the Continental Congresses. The inherent incompatibilities behind building sustained, unanimous coalitions, while simultaneously preventing the Confederation from intruding into colonies' affairs, set into motion a legislative institution doomed to stalemate."

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