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Narrative PoliticsStories and Collective Action$
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Frederick W. Mayer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199324460

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324460.001.0001

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Theories of Collective Action and the Opening for Narrative

Theories of Collective Action and the Opening for Narrative

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(p.30) Chapter 3 Theories of Collective Action and the Opening for Narrative
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Narrative Politics
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Frederick W. Mayer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324460.003.0003

Notwithstanding the barriers to collective action, humans do succeed in overcoming them. This chapter summarizes the major approaches to explaining collective action: rational choice, rational institutionalism, behavioral institutionalism, and social constructivism. It argues that each contributes to understanding but that all leave unexplained puzzles and, therefore, an opening for a narrative theory of collective action.

Keywords:   rational choice, selective incentives, rational institutionalism, social constructivism, behavioral institutionalism

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