Collective Action and Rational Choice Explanations

  title={Collective Action and Rational Choice Explanations},
  author={Randall Harp},
  journal={Journal of Philosophical Research},
  • Randall Harp
  • Published 2017
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Philosophical Research
In order for rational choice theory (RCT) to explain the production of collective action, it must be able to distinguish between two behaviorally identical possibilities: one, that all of the agents in a group are each performing behaviors in pursuit of a set of individual actions; and two, that all of those agents are performing those behaviors in pursuit of a collective action. I argue that traditional RCT does not have the resources necessary to distinguish between these two possibilities. I… Expand

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