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


  • Torsvik, Gaute


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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  • Torsvik, Gaute, 1994. "When Groups Contribute to a Public Good: The Importance of Institutional Framework for Making Collective Decisions," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 80(1-2), pages 41-54, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:80:y:1994:i:1-2:p:41-54

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    1. Tyler Cowen, 2004. "Response to Steven Plaut," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 118(1_2), pages 25-27, January.
    2. Steven Plaut, 2004. "Misplaced Applications of Economic Theory to the Middle East," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 118(1_2), pages 11-24, January.
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    1. Richard Cornes & Jun-ichi Itaya & Aiko Tanaka, 2012. "Private provision of public goods between families," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 25(4), pages 1451-1480, October.
    2. Gradstein, Mark, 1999. "Optimal taxation and fiscal constitution," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(3), pages 471-485, June.
    3. Yoshio Iida & Christiane Schwieren, 2016. "Contributing for Myself, but Free riding for My Group?," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 17(1), pages 36-47, February.

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