Intersubjective Meaning and Collective Action In'Fragile'Societies: Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications

  title={Intersubjective Meaning and Collective Action In'Fragile'Societies: Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications},
  author={Varun Gauri and Michael Woolcock and Deval Desai},
  journal={Emerging Markets Economics: Environmental \& Social Aspects eJournal},
The capacity to act collectively is not just a matter of groups sharing interests, incentives and values (or being sufficiently small), as standard economic theory predicts, but a prior and shared understanding of the constituent elements of problem(s) and possible solutions. From this standpoint, the failure to act collectively can stem at least in part from relevant groups failing to ascribe a common intersubjective meaning to situations, processes and events. Though this is a general… Expand
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