University of Gothenburg

Theme 2: Actor characteristics

The variety of actors potentially involved in large-scale collective actions, LSCA, is very large and includes nations, politicians, stakeholders, NGOs, resource users, consumers, and firms. The prospect of successful LSCA is dependent on the characteristics of these actors and the interactions among them.

The characteristics of actors that facilitate successful small-scale collective action include small group sizes, clearly defined boundaries, shared norms, social capital, appropriate leadership, and interdependence among group members. 
Many of these prerequisites are not satisfied for global challenges, where the group size, by definition, will be large. This means that some of the other characteristics will be even more important. Therefore, a major task for the centre is to assess the importance of these and other factors or characteristics also for actors other than individuals, for example states, firms, and international organisations.

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