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ECONOMICS AND GROUPS: METHODOLOGICAL INDIVIDUALISM AND COLLECTIVE ACTION

Anna Zabkowicz ()
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Anna Zabkowicz: Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Oeconomia Copernicana, 2017, vol. 8, issue 1, 7-21

Abstract: Research background: Paradoxically enough, a large body of contemporary research relies on methodological individualism in order to explain collective activities and decision making. The mainstream of economic theories hardly gives any background to the issue of group activities. Purpose of the article: The aim of this paper is to investigate which economic theories have addressed the problem of collective action, and how social scientists deal with it contemporarily. Methods: Consequently, the research relies on the study of heterodox literature concerned with the subject, referring to original works of most respected authors. The review is carried on systematically, respecting two competing approaches regarding methods and social philosophy. Findings & Value added: Studies on collective action are a domain of institutionalism, the "old" one and the "new" one. Have it both ways, institutionalist studies are rather imperfect in explaining this crucial phenomenon of economic reality.

Keywords: collective action; methodological individualism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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