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Different goods, different effects: exploring the effects of generalized social trust in large-N collective action

Sønderskov, Kim Mannemar (2009) Different goods, different effects: exploring the effects of generalized social trust in large-N collective action. Public Choice, 140 (1), pp. 145-160.

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Online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11127-009-9416-0

Summary

Does generalized social trust help solve large-N collective action problems? This paper argues so, offering a novel explanation for the relationship: People tend to cooperate if they expect others to be cooperating, which implies that people holding generalized social trust more readily cooperate in large-N dilemmas because they expect that most people will cooperate. The paper tests the explanation in a rigorous design. The analyses show a positive, robust effect of generalized social trust on public good provision, but no effect is found in a joint product situation. This supports the hypothesis, indicating that trust specifically enhances cooperation in collective action dilemmas.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Collective action; Generalized social trust; Pro-environmental behavior; organic food consumption; recycling
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods > Surveys and statistics
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > COP - Public policies and demand for organic food
Deposited By: Sønderskov, Kim Mannemar
ID Code:15875
Deposited On:12 Aug 2009
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:39
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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