Does decentralization of decisions increase the stability of large groups?

Does decentralization of decisions increase the stability of large groups? Using a laboratory experiment with nested local and global public goods, we analyze the stability of global groups when individuals have the option to separate, according to the degree of decentralization of decision-making. We show that increasing the number of decisions made at the local level within a smaller group reduces the likelihood that individuals vote in favor of a configuration that includes no global good for interacting only within their local group. Voting for such a configuration is more likely when global group members are less cooperative and local group members are more cooperative. Reinforcing local group identity has no impact on votes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Choice and Welfare Springer Journals

Does decentralization of decisions increase the stability of large groups?

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Economics; Economic Theory/Quantitative Economics/Mathematical Methods; Public Finance; International Political Economy; Game Theory, Economics, Social and Behav. Sciences; Social Policy
ISSN
0176-1714
eISSN
1432-217X
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00355-018-1133-5
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Abstract

Using a laboratory experiment with nested local and global public goods, we analyze the stability of global groups when individuals have the option to separate, according to the degree of decentralization of decision-making. We show that increasing the number of decisions made at the local level within a smaller group reduces the likelihood that individuals vote in favor of a configuration that includes no global good for interacting only within their local group. Voting for such a configuration is more likely when global group members are less cooperative and local group members are more cooperative. Reinforcing local group identity has no impact on votes.

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Social Choice and WelfareSpringer Journals

Published: May 28, 2018

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