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

Tackling violence in the DRC: new papers discuss ways forward

Tuesday 18th December 2018

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo prepares for tense presidential elections, two new papers unpack some of the drivers of the prolonged conflict and insecurity in the eastern provinces.

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Two exciting job vacancies in the DLP team

Monday 12th November 2018

DLP is looking for a Program Manager and a Communications Manager to help lead a new three-year phase of research on leadership in global development.

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