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The Critical Mass in Collective Action : Developmental and Cell Biology - Gerald Marwell

The Critical Mass in Collective Action

Developmental and Cell Biology

Hardcover Published: 26th March 1993
ISBN: 9780521308397
Number Of Pages: 224

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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 realised. This book analyses 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 behaviour. They employ formal mathematical models to emphasise the role of small subgroups of especially motivated individuals who form the 'critical mass' that sets collective action in motion. The book will be read with special interest by sociologists, social psychologists, economists, and political scientists. It will also be of concern to those in industrial relations and communications research working on issues in collective action and rational choice.

"This book is a useful addition to recent efforts to stretch rational-choice collective-action theory beyond its original assumptions...this contributes to a healthy reawakened debate on the conditions surrounding collective action." Sun-Ki Chai, Social Forces

The critical mass and the problem of collective action
Building blocks: goods, groups and processes
The paradox of group size
The dynamics of production functions
Social networks: density, centralisation and cliques
Selectivity in social networks
Reach and selectivity as strategies of recruitment
Unfinished business
Name index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521308397
ISBN-10: 0521308399
Series: Developmental and Cell Biology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 26th March 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.43