Collective Action

This three-page Concept Brief outlines how development challenges have been viewed as 'collective action problems'. Such a problem arises when the members of a group fail to act together to secure an outcome that has most potential to benefit the group as a whole.

Research has shown that many factors influence whether or not collective action takes place, and their effects can depend entirely on the context. Those interested in encouraging developmental collective action need an in-depth understanding of the collective action problem at hand, the environment in which it occurs, and the relationships among the actors involved. Externally driven interventions may have potentially harmful unintended consequences for collective action on the ground.

About DLP

The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) is an international research initiative that explores how leadership, power and political processes drive or block successful development.

DLP focuses on the crucial role of home-grown leaderships and coalitions in forging legitimate political settlements and institutions that promote developmental outcomes, such as sustainable growth, political stability and inclusive social development.

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News

New studies on leadership for transformational change in Africa

Thursday 31st May 2018

A new series of studies asks what factors support or hinder leadership for transformational change in Africa. They are published in collaboration with the UONGOZI Institute.

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New article on politically informed work for climate change mitigation in China and India

Monday 21st May 2018

In Development Policy Review, Tom Harrison and Genia Kostka draw on their DLP research project to explore 'Bureaucratic manoeuvres and the local politics of climate change mitigation in China and India'.

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