Analysis of The Logic of Collective Action Public Goods and The Theory of Groups by Mancur Olson

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Analysis of The Logic of Collective Action Public Goods and The Theory of Groups by Mancur Olson Mancur Olson, wrote The Logic of Collective Action Public Goods and The Theory of Groups, throughout the book Olson discusses such topics rationality, group size and group behaviour, public goods, free rider, collective action problem, and selective incentives. Olson’s world-renowned book is full of useful knowledge and opinion concerning world politics. After reading this valuable text I feel both enlightened and baffled concurrently. Olson’s beliefs in the political system seem to be without the human factor. His theories appear to leave out the complexity of the human psyche. Olson fails to analyze the fact that people may join a …show more content…
PLURALISM Olson discusses in his book the theory of pluralism. In Chapter five he defines pluralism as “the political philosophy which argues that private associations of all kinds, and especially labour unions, churches, and cooperatives, should not have an unlimited control over the plurality of these private associations” (Olson 111). Pluralism in a sense is the middle ground; it doesn’t coincide with the nation state theory and it stays clear of the laissez—faire anarchistic extremes. Pluralism “provides a cushion between the individual and the state” (Olson 112). Pluralism is the perfect mix of active and passive citizenry, and power is bartered and shared between many different groups. On the other end of the spectrum is the theory of Neo—Pluralism, which consists of multiple pressure groups, but political agenda biased towards corporate power. Although pluralism seems more beneficial Neo—pluralism has its benefits such as economic prosperity, and the ability for leaders to meet the demands of the people. However, it destroys the realm of individual initiative and free enterprise. So in concurrence with Olson pluralism seems more beneficial to society.
Group Size and Group Behaviour
“The traditional theory of group behaviour that implicitly assumes that private groups and associations operate according to principles entirely different from those that governs the relationships among firms in the marketplace or between

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