De Rooij, Eline A., Donald P. Green & Alan S. Gerber (2009) “Field experiments on political and collective action.” Annual Review of Political Science 12: 389-395. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.polisci.12.060107.154037
This brief review considers how field experiments have contributed to the study of collective action. Field experiments have largely supported findings from laboratory studies suggesting that collective action problems are often overcome through communication and social pressure. These results call into question theories suggesting that collective action problems are intractable in the absence of material inducements to participate.
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