Implications of the Logic of Collective Action
Unless people see benefits from participating in an organization, group leaders must worry about finding the right mix of coercion and selective incentives tget people tjoin. Economic groups are generally easier tform than citizen groups. Since economic groups generally involve a small number of corporations or individuals, the costs of free riding are relatively high; one actor’s efforts significantly boost the probability of success. Thus, economic groups can often form on the strength of their shared policy or monetary goals, without coercion, selective incentives, or solidary benefits. Citizen groups, on the other hand, with many more potential members, typically need tincentivize people tjoin.