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  title={The Political Economy of Collective Action and Radical Reform: A Proposed Conceptual Framework},
  author={William Duncan Ferguson},
Radical reform displaces social equilibria. It reorients key institutions and underlying mechanisms of coordination and enforcement. This paper presents a broad framework for analyzing radical reform in terms of a large set of collective-action problems faced by potential reformers. It merges concepts that often appear separately in the literature, including social preferences, power relationships, policy subsystems, institutional stability, types of institutional change, and types of agents… 
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