The Critical Mass in Collective Action

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Cambridge University Press, 26 mars 1993 - 206 pages
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The problem of collective action is that each member of a group wants other members to make necessary sacrifices while he or she "free rides," reaping the benefits of collective action without doing the work. Inevitably the end result is that no one does the work and the common interest is not realized. This book analyzes the social pressure whereby groups solve the problem of collective action. The authors break new ground in showing that the problem of collective action requires a model of group process and cannot be deduced from simple models of individual behavior. They employ formal mathematical models to emphasize the role of small subgroups of especially motivated individuals who form the "critical mass" that sets collective action in motion.
 

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Table des matières

1 The critical mass and the problem of collective action
1
goods groups and processes
14
3 The paradox of group size
38
4 The dynamics of production functions
58
density centralization and cliques
101
6 Selectivity in social networks
130
7 Reach and selectivity as strategies of recruitment
157
8 Unfinished business
180
REFERENCES
194
NAME INDEX
201
SUBJECT INDEX
203
Cover
206
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