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This book develops an original theory of group and organizational behavior that cuts across disciplinary lines and illustrates the theory with empirical and historical studies of particular organizations Applying economic analysis to the subjects of the political scientist, sociologist, and economist, Mancur Olson examines the extent to which the individuals that share a common interest find it in their individual interest to bear the costs of the organizational effort.The theory shows that most organizations produce what the economist calls public goods goods or services that are available to every member, whether or not he has borne any of the costs of providing them Economists have long understood that defense, law, and order were public goods that could not be marketed to individuals, and that taxation was necessary They have not, however, taken account of the fact that private as well as governmental organizations produce public goods.The services the labor union provides for the worker it represents, or the benefits a lobby obtains for the group it represents, are public goods they automatically go to every individual in the group, whether or not he helped bear the costs It follows that, just as governments require compulsory taxation, many large private organizations require special and sometimes coercive devices to obtain the resources they need This is not true of smaller organizations for, as this book shows, small and large organizations support themselves in entirely different ways The theory indicates that, though small groups can act to further their interest much easily than large ones, they will tend to devote too few resources to the satisfaction of their common interests, and that there is a surprising tendency for the lesser members of the small group to exploit the greater members by making them bear a disproportionate share of the burden of any group action.All of the theory in the book is in Chapter 1 the remaining chapters contain empirical and historical evidence of the theory s relevance to labor unions, pressure groups, corporations, and Marxian class action....

Title : The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups, Second Printing with New Preface and Appendix (Harvard Economic Studies)
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ISBN : 0674537513
ISBN13 : 978-0674537514
Format Type : Audio Book
Language : Englisch
Publisher : HARVARD UNIV PR Auflage Revised 1 Juli 1974
Number of Pages : 208 Seiten
File Size : 961 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups, Second Printing with New Preface and Appendix (Harvard Economic Studies) Reviews

    2019-02-05 09:07

    I am very happy with the book, just like in the description. The book was very quickly in my hands.Thanks ;-)

  • Dr. Sven Jungmann
    2019-01-21 02:48

    Dieses Werk ist sehr bedeutsam sowohl für die Welt der Ökonomie als auch der Politikwissenschaft. In dem Buch beschreibt der Autor wie sich das Verhalten einzelner Personen von dem Verhalten von Gruppen unterscheidet. Er konzentriert sich dabei primär auf große Gruppen, zeigt aber auch wesentliche Eigenschaftsunterschiede zu kleinen Gruppen auf. Es ist schnell gelesen, insbesondere wenn man die Fußnoten ignoriert und hilft zu einem besseren Verständnis der spieltheorethischen Verhaltensmöglichkeiten von Individuen in Gruppen.Ich verstehe gut, warum es zu meiner Pflichtlektüre in Oxford gehört. Es hat mir einige Aha-Momente beschert.

  • None
    2019-02-17 08:54

    Olson uses economic rationality to explain the creation of stable social/political organizations. He offers a facinating glimpse at the full relationship between politics and economics through the lens of the self-interested, roving bandit.

  • None
    2019-02-08 07:49

    Probably one of the worst written books on economic theory that has been written.Author hasn't visited corporate America to understand how groups small and large function.Lacks understanding of politics.Farmers used as examples in book (1971) unfortunately don't exist today.He had opportunity to update and revise his thinking by making substanital revisions. He didn't.Borrow the book from the library, read it if you like, but don't buy it!

  • abberb
    2019-02-04 08:09

    Well, I'm a graduate school student in Taiwan. My major is labor studies. Olson provide a insightful thought about collective behavior. If you'd like to figure out what the Right thought about groups, read this book!

  • shunny boy
    2019-02-16 04:51

    Every system will expand to fill the univerese, corrupting all that it comes in contact with. that is the entire book. a few storys, ect. but that is it. THE WHOLE BOOK.