Updating the Institutional Collective Action Framework

  • May 2020
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Multiple

Kim, S., Swann, W., Weible. C., Bolognesi, T., Krause, R., Park A., Tang, T. Maletsky, K. Feiock, R. (2020). Updating the Institutional Collective Action Framework. Policy Studies Journal.

ABSTRACT: The Institutional Collective Action (ICA) framework has contributed to understanding collective action problems in fragmented governance and identified mechanisms for overcoming them. Participation in collaboration is risky––even if it has the potential to make all parties better off. This framework has uniquely shown how collaboration risk and other transaction costs can be overcome to create effective collaborations for addressing complex policy issues. However, after over a decade of use, the framework is due for critical evaluation and articulation of its state of the art and science to better inform future scholarship. For this purpose, this article defines key concepts and formulates assumptions, as well as reviews the empirical contributions and longstanding limitations of the ICA framework. A robust agenda for future research is also outlined. To move forward, we believe ICA research should focus on the foundational core of the ICA framework, maintain flexibility in explanatory models, and expand the scope beyond the collective action problems at the local level.

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