The project team at the experimental lab.
The project team at the experimental lab.
Photo: Felicia Robertsson

Quality of government and solutions to collective action problems

Research project
Active research
Project size
2 000 000
Project period
2020 - 2022
Project owner
Department of Political Science

Short description

Collective action dilemmas are at the heart of many societal problems today. Stopping the spread of COVID-19, collecting taxes to finance public policy programs, mitigating climate change – solving all of these critical problems relies on the willingness of actors to sacrifice their immediate gain in the short-term for achieving collectively desirable outcomes in the long-term. This project aims to study the role of institutional context and the quality of those authorities that regulate interaction between individuals in securing collective action and achieving socially beneficial outcomes.

Research group

  • Marina Povitkina, Principal Investigator, Postdoc, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo
  • Sverker Carlsson Jagers, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg
  • Bo Rothstein, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg
  • Andrea MartinangeliSenior Research Fellow and Scientific Manager at the ECONLAB laboratory for experimental social sciences, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Munich.