University of Gothenburg

Theme 3: Contextual characteristics

Successful collective action is also determined by a variety of contextual factors, including social norms, political culture, economic development, and third-party characteristics – the latter being particularly important in the case of regulated large-scale collective action, LSCA.

These factors vary depending on which actor we have in mind; for example, a contextual factor might affect the behaviour of a firm or an individual, or the presence of a corrupt government may simultaneously be an actor-specific characteristic of a state. Contextual factors affecting states’ behaviour include global markets, various types of international regimes, and the presence of a political authority beyond the state, such as the European Union.

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