Globalization and the Retreat of Citizen Participation in Collective Action – A Challenge for Public Administration
Public Administration Review 76(1):142-152, 2015
11 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2016
Date Written: August 1, 2015
Globalization challenges the ability of contemporary public administration to encourage citizens’ participation in collective action, via behaviors such as tax compliance and contributions to public goods. We introduce a new individual-level approach to globalization which argues that people vary in the extent to which they are globalized, and that the individual’s level of globalism (ILG) reflects attitudes and dispositions that influence the way people resolve the social dilemma of participation in collective action (i.e., the decision to contribute versus following a ‘free-ride’ strategy). Using a four-country sample, we employed a novel ILG scale to examine the relationship between ILG and collective action participation decisions in three behavioral experiments. Our findings support the hypothesis that regardless of country-level globalization, a more globalized individual has deficient tax morale, donates less to local NGOs, and prefers to adopt a free-ride strategy in a public goods game. Consequences for public administration are discussed.
Keywords: globalization, collective action, public administration, experimental methods
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