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Intersubjective Meaning and Collective Action In 'Fragile' Societies: Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications


Varun Gauri


World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Michael Woolcock


World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); Harvard University - Kennedy School of Government

Deval Desai


University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies - School of Law

June 1, 2011

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5707

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The capacity to act collectively is not just a matter of groups sharing interests, incentives and values (or being sufficiently small), as standard economic theory predicts, but a prior and shared understanding of the constituent elements of problem(s) and possible solutions. From this standpoint, the failure to act collectively can stem at least in part from relevant groups failing to ascribe a common intersubjective meaning to situations, processes and events. Though this is a general phenomenon, it is particularly salient in countries characterized by societal fragility and endemic conflict. We develop a conceptual account of intersubjective meanings, explain its relevance to development practice and research, and examine its implications for development work related to building the rule of law and managing common pool resources.

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Keywords: Corporate Law, Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures, Cultural Policy, Labor Policies, Population Policies

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Date posted: June 25, 2011  

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Gauri, Varun and Woolcock, Michael and Desai, Deval, Intersubjective Meaning and Collective Action In 'Fragile' Societies: Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications (June 1, 2011). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1871603

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Varun Gauri (Contact Author)
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Deval Desai
University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies - School of Law ( email )
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United Kingdom
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