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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

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

Frederick W. Mayer

Oxford University Press

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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