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Meeting at Grand CentralUnderstanding the Social and Evolutionary Roots of Cooperation$
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Lee Cronk and Beth L. Leech

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154954

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154954.001.0001

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Cooperation, Coordination, and Collective Action

Cooperation, Coordination, and Collective Action

(p.1) Chapter 1 Cooperation, Coordination, and Collective Action
Meeting at Grand Central

Lee Cronk

Beth L. Leech

Princeton University Press

This book investigates a wide range of ideas, theories, and existing empirical research relevant to the study of the complex and diverse phenomenon of human cooperation. Issues relating to cooperation are examined from the perspective of evolutionary theory, political science, and related social sciences. The book draws upon two bodies of work: Mancur Olson's The Logic of Collective Action (1965) and George C. Williams's Adaptation and Natural Selection (1966). Olson, an economist, and Williams, an evolutionary biologist, both argued that a focus on groups would not provide a complete understanding of collective action and other social behaviors. This introductory chapter discusses some important definitions relating to cooperation, with particular emphasis on collective action and collective action dilemmas, along with coordination and coordination problems. It also provides an overview of the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   cooperation, Mancur Olson, The Logic of Collective Action, George C. Williams, Adaptation and Natural Selection, groups, collective action, collective action dilemmas, coordination, coordination problems

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