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Type: Journal Article
Author: Ostrom, Elinor
Journal: Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Newsletter
Volume: 2
Date: 2011
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7523
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Subject(s): Workshop
common pool resources
collective action
Abstract: "The current issue of Grassroots Economic Organizing contains a very interesting discussion among researchers and practitioners of diverse types of collective action. What is reassuring is that some common agreement does exist among researchers and practitioners. The group, who has written this special issue, understands human behavior as being complex and based on a variety of values and goals, rather than simple and based on only on the maximization of individual wellbeing. When one models collective action using a narrow set of assumptions that individuals always seek their own private good ahead of all other goals, the prediction about collective action is very clear. One simply predicts that individuals will not engage in collective action unless they are paid in some concrete fashion or are required to do so by well-enforced rules and laws."

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