Group size and the logic of collective action: a network analysis of a Swedish temperance movement 1896-1937

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dc.contributor.author Sandell, Frank Rickard
dc.contributor.author Stern, Charlotta
dc.date.accessioned 2022-04-22T14:41:23Z
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dc.date.issued 1998-08-01
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Sandell, R., & Stern, C. (1998). Group size and the logic of collective action: a network analysis of a Swedish temperance movement 1896-1937. Rationality and Society, 10 (3), pp. 327-345
dc.identifier.issn 1043-4631
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/34602
dc.description.abstract In this paper we address the free-rider prob1em from a network perspective. We suggest that individuals' groups of relevant others are considerably smaller than is usually assumed in the Olsonian tradition. Instead of focusing on the interest group as a whole, we argue that a group of relevant others consists of those to whom the individual is tied through various social bonds. Since these groups tend to be small, social selective incentives are líkely to be efficient in inducing individual participation. In testing these ideas empirically, we use microdata on members of a Swedish temperance movement organization during the period of 1896-1937. We estímate how individuals' groups of relevant others are composed with respect to membership in the rnovement organization and how the composition of the groups affects indiViduals' decisions to join the movement organization. The results of the analysis support our thesis that additional movement members in the g·roup of relevant others increase an individual's propensity to join a social movement organization. However, the results also lend support to Olson's free-rider thesis: When controlling for the composition of the group of relevant others, additional members in the movement as a whole decrease an individual 's propensity to join the movement.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher SAGE Publications
dc.rights © 1998 Sage Publications
dc.subject.other Collective action
dc.subject.other Social networks
dc.subject.other Social incentives
dc.subject.other Group size
dc.title Group size and the logic of collective action: a network analysis of a Swedish temperance movement 1896-1937
dc.type article
dc.subject.eciencia Sociología
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1177%2F104346398010003003
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
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dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 327
dc.identifier.publicationissue 3
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 345
dc.identifier.publicationtitle RATIONALITY AND SOCIETY
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 10
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000029431
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