Luis Medina's A Unified Theory of Collective Action and Social Change PDF

By Luis Medina

ISBN-10: 0472069950

ISBN-13: 9780472069958

The thought that teams shape and act in ways in which reply to aim, exterior expenditures and advantages has lengthy been the most important to accounting for social swap procedures pushed by way of collective motion. but this comparable inspiration turns out to disintegrate after we attempt to clarify how collectivities emerge out of the alternatives of people. This booklet overcomes that predicament by means of delivering an research of collective motion that, whereas rooted in person choice making, additionally brings out the way goal bills and advantages can bog down or foster social coordination. The ensuing procedure permits us to handle the reasons and effects of collective motion with assistance from the instruments of contemporary financial conception. to demonstrate this, the booklet applies the instruments it develops to the examine of particular collective motion difficulties resembling clientelism, targeting its connections with financial improvement and political redistribution; and salary bargaining, displaying its monetary determinants and its relevance for the political financial system of the welfare state.

 

"Medina's examine is a smart breakthrough within the analytics of collective motion. He exhibits the inadequacies of presently commonplace versions and indicates that simple revisions reconcile rational-choice and structural viewpoints. it is going to impact all destiny work."
—Kenneth Arrow, Stanford University

 

"Olson, Schelling, and now Medina. A Unified Theory deepens our figuring out of collective motion and contributes to the rules of our box. a massive work."
—Robert H. Bates, Harvard University

 

"Medina thinks that the most challenge of social motion isn't really even if to cooperate yet the best way to do it. To this finish he has produced an ingenious method of interpreting strategic coordination difficulties that produces believable predictions in quite a number circumstances."
—John Ferejohn, Stanford University

 

Luis Fernando Medina is affiliate Professor within the division of Politics on the collage of Virginia.

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Doubtless, studies like these make valuable additions to our knowledge. But they are not equipped to answer many other important questions. For every successful social movement, there are many others, often even in the same country and with the same agenda, that fail. By concentrating only on successes, we risk selecting on the dependent variable (King, Keohane and Verba, 1994). A good theory of collective action must also know how to make sense of failures. These failures have much to do with the organization of those movements but also with their timing, with the objective circumstances they faced.

In all these instances, the actors may come to different conclusions and some of their choices may prove to be unfortunate. But, whatever decision they make, it is informed by the understanding that structural changes will affect the prospects of different types of collective action. So, it would indeed be very remarkable if this null comparative statics were a truth of logic, not just of empirics. It would mean that a good deal of recorded political history has been the result of a huge mistake.

So, it would indeed be very remarkable if this null comparative statics were a truth of logic, not just of empirics. It would mean that a good deal of recorded political history has been the result of a huge mistake. It would mean that, after all, Louis XVI did not need to shuffle his economic cabinet and convene the Estates General during the 1788-89 crisis because it had no impact over the endurance of his reign. Or that Czar Nicholas II did not need to be bothered by the dismal news coming from the front in World War I, and take the risky move of assuming direct command of the troops, because the imminent bread shortages would have no meaningful political effect.

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