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Mahatma Gandhi and the Prisoner’s Dilemma: Strategic Civil Disobedience and Great Britain’s Great Loss of Empire in India

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  • Siddiky, Chowdhury Irad Ahmed

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This paper examines the relationship between statutory monopoly and collective action as a multi-person assurance game culminating in an end to British Empire in India. In a simple theoretical model, it is demonstrated whether or not a collective good enjoys (or is perceived to enjoy) pure jointness of production and why the evolutionary stable strategy of non-violence was supposed to work on the principle that the coordinated reaction of a ethnically differentiated religious crowd to a conflict between two parties (of colonizer and colonized) over confiscatory salt taxation would significantly affect its course. Following Mancur Olson (1965) and Dennis Chong (1991), a model of strategic civil disobedience is created which is used to demonstrate how collective action can be used to produce an all-or-nothing public good to achieve economic and political independence.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 147.

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Date of creation: 02 May 2005
Date of revision: 05 Sep 2005
Publication status: Published in Public Choice Society Annual Conference, Papers and Proceedings 2006 Public Choice Society Annual Conference, Papers and Proceedings 2006.Public(2006): pp. 15-50
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Keywords: confiscatory taxation; multi-person assurance game; strategic civil disobedience;

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