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 article - To Boldly Know: Knowledge, Peacekeeping and Remote Data Gathering in Conflict-Affected States

Thursday 12th October 2017

In this article in the Journal of International Peacekeeping, DLP researcher Suda Perera critically evaluates crowdsourcing's uses and abuses, and warns against an over-reliance on remotely gathered conflict data.

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Why political settlements matter

Thursday 5th October 2017

Join us on 5 Oct 2017 at ODI (10-11:30am) to discuss the research featured in a special issue of The Journal of International Development co-edited by Alina Rocha Menocal (DLP and ODI) and Jan Pospisil (Political Settlements Research Programme at the University of Edinburgh).

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