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Revolutionaries, despots, and rationality
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2010 (English)In: Rationality and Society, ISSN 1043-4631, E-ISSN 1461-7358, Vol. 22, no 3, 283-299 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The role of groups has often been invoked as an explanation of how successful revolutions can be the outcome of rational action. This paper attempts to show that the focus on groups fails to incorporate an important aspect of oppression, namely the oppressive regime itself. If rational choice theory is to be taken seriously and if it is assumed that the potential revolutionaries are rational, then similar assumptions should be made about the despot. If this is done, then it is far from obvious that groups help to solve the free-rider problem. Rather it is shown that in this case the revolutionaries become subject to a higher order free-rider problem.

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2010. Vol. 22, no 3, 283-299 p.
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free-rider problems, rational choice theory, revolutions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-51435DOI: 10.1177/1043463110374497ISI: 000283512400002OAI: diva2:385690
authorCount :1Available from: 2011-01-12 Created: 2011-01-10 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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