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Collective Actions: a Network Approach

Tiziano Distefano and Pietro Guarnieri

Discussion Papers from Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Abstract: This paper contributes to the issue of collective action by advancing an epistemology of agency based on the idea that individuals' propensity to act (attitudes) depends on relevant features of their social context. To this purpose, we develop a network model that links the probability that an agent joins collective action to the characteristics of the social structure, which is, in turn, shaped by the activation of collective actions within it. Our underlying assumption is that preferences for collective action are not only an individual endowment, but crucially depend on collective processes, that affect preference formation and characterize rationality as ecological.

Keywords: partial decenstralisation; party alignment; accountability; intergovernmental transfers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B41 D85 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-07-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-hme, nep-mic and nep-soc
Note: ISSN 2039-1854
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