Collective action and group attachment: interplay of free-riding behaviour and patriotism

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2010
Kışlıoğlu, Reşit
Conflict between self-interest and group-interest constitute a challenge for the individuals and the groups. The conflict should be resolved for a healthy maintenance of collective action; otherwise the free-rider problem is a likely result. This thesis is about the individual motivation loss -psychological aspect of free-rider problem- and its relation to group attachment –patriotism-. Free-riding is proposed to be related to patriotism; and guilt, shame and pride emotions. Experimental manipulations include an announcement and confederate condition. Patriotism is analysed within the framework of constructive and blind patriotism. An experiment –public goods game- measuring free-riding behaviour was conducted for the study. A total of 192 participants took a part in the experiment (98 females and 85 males). Free-riding was found to be negatively related to constructive patriotism; but no significant relation to blind patriotism was found. A look at the concept and development of “individual” and social capital theory is provided in order to help conceptualise the problem. Results and possible implications of the empirical findings are discussed. Implications are also discussed in a politically and culturally relevant way to Turkey.

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R. Kışlıoğlu, “Collective action and group attachment: interplay of free-riding behaviour and patriotism ,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.