publication . Article . 2001

A continuous time model of the bandwagon effect in collective action

Arieh Gavious; Shlomo Mizrahi;
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  • Published: 11 Jan 2001 Journal: Social Choice and Welfare, volume 18, pages 91-105 (issn: 0176-1714, eissn: 1432-217X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
The paper offers a complex and systematic model of the bandwagon effect in collective action using continuous time equations. The model treats the bandwagon effect as a process influenced by ratio between the mobilization efforts of social activists and the resources invested by the government to counteract this activity. The complex modeling approach makes it possible to identify the conditions for specific types of the bandwagon effect, and determines the scope of that effect. Relying on certain behavioral assumptions, these conditions are only indirectly connected to individual beliefs, so that a given bandwagon effect can be explained and planned without kno...
free text keywords: Economics and Econometrics, Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Collective action, Bandwagon effect, Public relations, business.industry, business, Social policy, International political economy, Time model, Economics, Microeconomics, Public finance, Government
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