The Logic of Collective Action: public goods and the theory of groups.
The Logic of Collective Action: public goods and the theory of groups.

The Logic of Collective Action: public goods and the theory of groups.

by Mancur OLSON, Mancur Olson

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'This superb little volume is worthy of the attention of all social scientists. it can lead to a healthy and challenging discussion and perhaps to a reappraisal of pressure groups in American society.Public Opinion Quarterly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674041660
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Series: Harvard Economic Studies , #124
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,041,882
File size: 390 KB

Table of Contents


CONTENTS

Introduction


I.
A Theory of Groups and Organizations

A.
The purpose of organization


B.
Public goods and large groups


C.
The traditional theory of groups


D.
Small groups


E.
“Exclusive” and “inclusive” groups


F.
A taxonomy of groups



II.
Group Size and Group Behavior

A.
The coherence and effectiveness of small groups


B.
Problems of the traditional theories


C.
Social incentives and rational behavior



III.
The Labor Union and Economic Freedom

A.
Coercion in labor unions


B.
Labor-union growth in theory and practice


C.
The closed shop and economic freedom in the latent group


D.
Government intervention and economic freedom in the latent group



IV.
Orthodox Theories of State and Class

A.
The economists' theory of the state


B.
The Marxian theory of state and class


C.
The logic of the Marxian theory



V.
Orthodox Theories of Pressure Groups

A.
The philosophical view of pressure groups


B.
Institutional economics and the pressure group— John R. Commons


C.
Modern theories of pressure groups—Bentley, Truman, Latham


D.
The logic of group theory



VI.
The “By-Product” and “Special Interest” Theories

A.
The “by-product” theory of large pressure groups


B.
Labor lobbies


C.
Professional lobbies


D.
The “special interest” theory and business lobbies


E.
Government promotion of political pressure


F.
Farm cooperatives and farm lobbies


G.
Noneconomic lobbies


H.
The “forgotten groups”—those who suffer in silence



Appendix


Index

What People are Saying About This

There is now a considerable body of literature which attempts to apply economic analysis to political problems. In my opinion, Olson's is one of the most successful and provocative of these attempts Olson's central insight is novel and illuminating to political scientists and he shows that by the use of it he can give familiar facts (about labor unions, farm organizations, and other interest groups) new meaning. I believe that his work is going to force the jettisoning of much of what has been said about interest groups and the revision of the rest. It should also have an influence on the many political scientists who work in the field of organization.

Edward C. Banfield

There is now a considerable body of literature which attempts to apply economic analysis to political problems. In my opinion, Olson's is one of the most successful and provocative of these attempts Olson's central insight is novel and illuminating to political scientists and he shows that by the use of it he can give familiar facts (about labor unions, farm organizations, and other interest groups) new meaning. I believe that his work is going to force the jettisoning of much of what has been said about interest groups and the revision of the rest. It should also have an influence on the many political scientists who work in the field of organization.
Edward C. Banfield, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Urban Government, Member of the Faculty of Public Administration, Harvard University

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