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When Groups Contribute to a Public Good: The Importance of Institutional Framework for Making Collective Decisions

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  • Torsvik, Gaute

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In this paper, the author discusses how the institutional framework for making collective decisions influences the outcome of a game where groups contribute to a public good. Representative democracy invites each group to act strategically in the election of representatives. The author shows that this strategic effect reinforces 'the tragedy of the common.' The society--all groups taken together--has, therefore, incentives to restrict groups from making collective decisions through a system of representation. Copyright 1994 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 80 (1994)
Issue (Month): 1-2 (July)
Pages: 41-54

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:80:y:1994:i:1-2:p:41-54

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  1. Richard Cornes & Jun-ichi Itaya & Aiko Tanaka, 2011. "Private Provision of Public Goods between Families," ANU Working Papers in Economics and Econometrics 2011-542, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics.
  2. Gradstein, Mark, 1999. "Optimal taxation and fiscal constitution," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(3), pages 471-485, June.

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