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COLLECTIVE OBLIGATIONS, GROUP PLANS AND INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS

COLLECTIVE OBLIGATIONS, GROUP PLANS AND INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS Abstract: If group members aim to fulfil a collective obligation, they must act in such a way that the composition of their individual actions amounts to a group action that fulfils the collective obligation. We study a strong sense of joint action in which the members of a group design and then publicly adopt a group plan that coordinates the individual actions of the group members. We characterize the conditions under which a group plan successfully coordinates the group members’ individual actions, and study how the public adoption of a plan changes the context in which individual agents make a decision about what to do. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Economics & Philosophy Cambridge University Press

COLLECTIVE OBLIGATIONS, GROUP PLANS AND INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS

Economics & Philosophy , Volume 33 (2): 28 – Nov 23, 2016

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Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Copyright
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2016 
ISSN
1474-0028
eISSN
0266-2671
DOI
10.1017/S0266267116000213
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Abstract

Abstract: If group members aim to fulfil a collective obligation, they must act in such a way that the composition of their individual actions amounts to a group action that fulfils the collective obligation. We study a strong sense of joint action in which the members of a group design and then publicly adopt a group plan that coordinates the individual actions of the group members. We characterize the conditions under which a group plan successfully coordinates the group members’ individual actions, and study how the public adoption of a plan changes the context in which individual agents make a decision about what to do.

Journal

Economics & PhilosophyCambridge University Press

Published: Nov 23, 2016

Keywords: collective obligation; team reasoning; collective intentionality; cooperation; joint action

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