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Breakdown in PakistanHow Aid Is Eroding Institutions for Collective Action$
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Masooda Bano

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804781329

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804781329.001.0001

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Revisiting the Collective Action Dilemma

Revisiting the Collective Action Dilemma

(p.1) 1 Revisiting the Collective Action Dilemma
Breakdown in Pakistan
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This chapter addresses the concept of a collective action situation, which can be described as an event that occurs when a needed collective result requires the contribution of a number of people. It stresses that every productive relationship has some type of collective action. It discusses two works that had a great influence in disposing international donors towards providing aid to people believed to strengthen civic culture: Putnam and Tocqueville. Next, it discusses the debate on collective action, as illustrated in the prisoner's dilemma game and the tragedy of the commons. Finally it presents two different adjustments that must be made in order to create a theory that can explain the negative impact of the available patterns of aid disbursement on other-regarding and self-regarding groups and explains the methods used to study the present topic.

Keywords:   collective action, international donors, aid, prisoner's dilemma game, commons, aid disbursement, self-regarding groups, other-regarding groups

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