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The Collective Action Problem

Goodin, Robert


A classic collective action problem has the following structure. Each actor would be better off if everyone were to perform a certain action. But each actor would be even better off than that if everyone except her were to perform that action. Each one of them is thus tempted to let the others perform the action, while not doing so oneself. Yet each of the others, being identically situated, does the same. So no one ends up doing it at all. The tragedy lies in the fact that there is an outcome...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Fair Resource Allocation and Rationing at the Bedside
DOI: .1093/acprof:oso/9780199989447.003.0013
Access Rights: Open Access


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