Motives and Decisions of Initiators and Joiners in Self-Regarding Groups
This chapter complements the previous one through a detailed analysis of the decision-making processes and motives of initiators and joiners. This time, these concepts are studied within the context of a land rights movement that was led by a low-income tenant Pakistani farmer community. It applies most of the eight principles that Ostrom identified as relevant to beating the free-rider problem. It discusses the argument that the list of crucial variables that Ostrom prepared must include the leaders' material sacrifice. The final section of the chapter forwards the hypothesis that the main reason why aid breaks the cooperation in civil society groups is because aid transforms incentives, which directly changes the group leaders' behavior.
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