A Unified Theory of Collective Action and Social Change by Luis Medina PDF

By Luis Medina

ISBN-10: 0472069950

ISBN-13: 9780472069958

The concept that teams shape and act in ways in which reply to target, exterior expenses and advantages has lengthy been the foremost to accounting for social swap strategies pushed by way of collective motion. but this related concept turns out to crumble once we try and clarify how collectivities emerge out of the alternatives of people. This ebook overcomes that issue through delivering an research of collective motion that, whereas rooted in person choice making, additionally brings out the way goal charges and merits can abate or foster social coordination. The ensuing strategy allows us to deal with the explanations and effects of collective motion with assistance from the instruments of contemporary financial thought. to demonstrate this, the publication applies the instruments it develops to the research of particular collective motion difficulties reminiscent of clientelism, concentrating on its connections with fiscal improvement and political redistribution; and salary bargaining, exhibiting its financial determinants and its relevance for the political economic system of the welfare state.


"Medina's research is a brilliant breakthrough within the analytics of collective motion. He exhibits the inadequacies of at present typical versions and exhibits that simple revisions reconcile rational-choice and structural viewpoints. it's going to impression all destiny work."
—Kenneth Arrow, Stanford University


"Olson, Schelling, and now Medina. A Unified Theory deepens our realizing of collective motion and contributes to the rules of our box. an incredible work."
—Robert H. Bates, Harvard University


"Medina thinks that the most challenge of social motion isn't even if to cooperate yet tips on how to do it. To this finish he has produced an imaginitive method of reading strategic coordination difficulties that produces believable predictions in various circumstances."
—John Ferejohn, Stanford University


Luis Fernando Medina is affiliate Professor within the division of Politics on the college of Virginia.

Show description

Read Online or Download A Unified Theory of Collective Action and Social Change (Analytical Perspectives on Politics) PDF

Similar economic theory books

New PDF release: Kalman Filtering: with Real-Time Applications

Kalman Filtering with Real-Time purposes offers a radical dialogue of the mathematical concept and computational schemes of Kalman filtering. The filtering algorithms are derived through assorted ways, together with an immediate process together with a sequence of basic steps, and an oblique procedure in keeping with innovation projection.

Explaining Buyer Behavior: Central Concepts and Philosophy - download pdf or read online

This quantity offers the basics had to comprehend many of the explanatory platforms and methodologies utilized in the habit sciences and to judge their findings, particularly the literature and findings on purchaser habit. In transparent prose, the writer discusses the foremost matters in sleek philosophy, psychology, and sociology and their relevance for the scholar of promoting and patron habit.

Download e-book for iPad: Alternative Theories of Competition: Challenges to the by Jamee K. Moudud, Cyrus Bina, Patrick L. Mason

The heritage of policymaking has been ruled by means of rival assumptions approximately markets. those that have endorsed Keynesian-type guidelines have usually dependent their arguments at the declare that markets are imperfectly aggressive. however laissez faire advocates have argued the other by means of claiming that during truth unfastened industry rules will get rid of "market imperfections" and reinvigorate ideal festival.

Sherzod Abdukadirov's Nudge Theory in Action: Behavioral Design in Policy and PDF

This assortment demanding situations the preferred yet summary idea of nudging, demonstrating the real-world program of behavioral economics in policy-making and expertise. Groundbreaking and functional, it considers the present political incentives and regulatory associations that form the surroundings during which behavioral policy-making happens, in addition to possible choices to govt nudges already supplied through the marketplace.

Additional resources for A Unified Theory of Collective Action and Social Change (Analytical Perspectives on Politics)

Sample text

2 Results on the effect of group size over the probability of collective action are the quintessential example of such comparative statics. Granted, there already are results of comparative statics such as this one. But these are not enough. Results like this pertain only to the devices agents can use to overcome collective action problems. But a fully testable theory must also look at the problem from the point of view of its exogenous parameters, those beyond the control of the agents. Economic Determinants of Organized Political Action.

A full defense of my views on the matter would require something of a companion volume so I will not even attempt to defend rational-choice theory and the particularly orthodox version I use here. Ultimately, the taste is in the pudding. Whether the tools I present contribute to a better study of collective action is something that can only be decided after using them judiciously. But some may doubt that there is a pudding to taste, to begin with. While I defend my techniques for their potential empirical applications, in this book I illustrate this potential offering purely deductive models.

Economic Determinants of Organized Political Action. Suppose, for instance, that LPT is right so that we can ascertain the likelihood of collective action as the objective parameters of its environment change. In the case of the imaginary country described at the opening of this chapter, it would now be possible to ask questions such as: If the five-fold increase in water fees is politically infeasible, what about other options, such as a higher tariff, an increase in the VAT, possibly altering its base?

Download PDF sample

A Unified Theory of Collective Action and Social Change (Analytical Perspectives on Politics) by Luis Medina

by William

Rated 4.61 of 5 – based on 24 votes