The Origin of the debate over collective action and public goods
Hardin, Garret. "The Tragedy of the Commons." Science 162 (1968): 1243-48.
The orthodox solutions to collective action problems associated with public goods provision
Buchanan, James M. "An Economic Theory of Clubs." Economica 32 (1965): 1-14.
Tiebout, Charles M. "A Pure Theory of Local Expenditures." Journal of Political Economy 64 (1956): 416-24.
Reconceptualizing self and society
Sen, Amartya K. "Rational Fools: A Critique of the Behavioral Foundations of Economic Theory." Philosophy and Public Affairs 6, no. 4 (1977): 317-344.
Miller, Byron. "Collective Action and Rational Choice: Place, Community, and the Limits to Individual Self-Interest." Economic Geography 68 (1992): 22-42.
Anti-necessitarianism and new social orders
Bimber, Bruce, Andrew J. Flanagin, and Cynthia Stohl. "Reconceptualizing Collective Action in the Contemporary Media Environment." Communication Theory 14, no. 4 (2005): 365-388.
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The emergence of cooperation
Ostrom, Elinor. "Collective Action and Local Development Process." Sociologica 3 (2007): 1-32.
Trust and reciprocity
Ostrom, Elinor. "Building Trust to Solve Commons Dilemmas: Taking Small Steps to Test an Evolving Theory of Collective Action." In Games, Groups, and the Global Good. Edited by Simon Levin. New York, NY: Springer, 2009. ISBN: 9783540854357.
Bolton, G. E., and A. Ockenfels. "A Theory of Equity, Reciprocity, and Competition." American Economic Review 90 (2000): 166-193.
Hardin, Russell. "Trust and Society." In Competition and Structure: The Political Economy of Collective Decisions: Essays in Honor of Albert Breton. Edited by Gianluigi Galeotti, Pierre Salmon, and Ronald Wintrobe. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780521088206.
Ostrom, Elinor. "Collective Action and the Evolution of Social Norms." The Journal of Economic Perspectives 14, no. 3 (2000): 137-158.
Philanthropy: limitations and possibilities
Andreoni, James. "Privately Provided Public Goods in a Large Economy: The Limits to Altruism." Journal of Public Economics 35 (1988): 57-73.
Lange, Andreas, John A. List, and Michael K. Price. Using Tontines to Finance Public Goods: Back to the Future? Working paper 10958. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research, 2004.
Sugden, Robert. "Reciprocity: The Supply of Public Goods through Voluntary Contributions." The Economic Journal 94, no. 376 (1984): 772-787.
Andreoni, James. "Impure Altruism and Donations to Public Goods: A Theory of Warm-Glow Giving." The Economic Journal 100 (1990): 464-77.
Bergstrom, T. C., L. Blume, and H. R. Varian. "On the Private Provision of Public Goods." Journal of Public Economics 29, no. 1 (1986): 25-49.
Bochet, O., T. Page, and L. Putterman. "Communication and Punishment in Voluntary Contribution Experiments." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 60 (2006): 11-26.
Sugden, Robert. "On the Economics of Philanthropy." The Economic Journal 92 (1982): 341-50.
Ye, Maoliang, Plamen Nikolov, Lorenzo Casaburi, and Sam Asher. "Do Threshold Patterns Matter in Public Goods Provision?" Social Science Research Network (2008). Harvard University, unpublished manuscript.
Public-private partnerships, community activism, and public education
Davis, Gina, and Elinor Ostrom. "A Public Economy Approach to Education: Choice and Co-Production." International Political Science Review/Revue internationale de science politique 12, no. 4 (1991): 313-335.
Mesch, Gustavo S., and Kent P. Schwirian. "The Effectiveness of Neighborhood Collective Action." Social Problems 43, no. 4 (1996): 467-483.
Schaeffer, Peter V., and Scott Loveridge. "Toward an Understanding of Types of Public-private Cooperation." Public Performance and Management Review 26, no. 2 (2002): 169-189.
Ostrom, Elinor, Larry Schroeder, and Susan Wynne. "Analyzing the Performance of Alternative Institutional Arrangements for Sustaining Rural Infrastructure in Developing Countries." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 3, no. 1 (1993): 11-45.
Bazzoli, Gloria J., Rebecca Stein, Jeffrey A. Alexander, Douglas A. Conrad, Shoshanna Sofaer, and Stephen M. Shortell. "Public-private Collaboration in Health and Human Service Delivery: Evidence from Community Partnerships." The Milbank Quarterly 75, no. 4 (1997): 533-561.
Browning, Christopher R., and Kathleen A. Cagney. "Neighborhood Structural Disadvantage, Collective Efficacy, and Self-Rated Physical Health in an Urban Setting." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 43, no. 4 (2002): 383-399.
Mintz, Beth. "Business Participation in Health Care Policy Reform: Factors Contributing to Collective Action within the Business Community." Social Problems 42, no. 3 (1995): 408-428.
Flocks, Joan, Leslie Clarke, Stan Albrecht, Carol Bryant, Paul Monaghan, and Holly Baker. "Implementing a Community-based Social Marketing Project to Improve Agricultural Worker Health." Environmental Health Perspectives 109, no. 3 (2001): 461-468.
Schwartz, Brian S., Cindy Parker, Thomas A. Glass, and Howard Hu. "Global Environmental Change: What Can Health Care Providers and the Environmental Health Community Do About It Now?" Environmental Health Perspectives 114, no. 12 (2006): 1807-1812.
Natural resource conservation
Cole, Daniel. "Climate Change and Collective Action." Current Legal Problems 61 (2009): 229-264. (forthcoming)
Lubell, Mark, Mark Schneider, John T. Scholz, and Mihriye Mete. "Watershed Partnerships and the Emergence of Collective Action Institutions." American Journal of Political Science 46, no. 1 (2002): 148-163.
Ostrom, Elinor. "Design Principles of Robust Property Rights Institutions: What Have We Learned?" In Property Rights and Land Policies. Edited by Gregory K. Ingram and Yu-Hung Hong. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2009. ISBN: 9781558441880.
Agarwal, Bina. "Conceptualising Environmental Collective Action: Why Gender Matters." Cambridge Journal of Economics 24 (2000): 283-310.