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

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Eitan Adres

University of Haifa - School of Political Sciences

Dana Rachel Vashdi

University of Haifa

Yair Zalmanovitch

University of Haifa - Department of Political Science

Date Written: August 1, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Adres, Eitan and Vashdi, Dana Rachel and Zalmanovitch, Yair, Globalization and the Retreat of Citizen Participation in Collective Action – A Challenge for Public Administration (August 1, 2015). Public Administration Review 76(1):142-152, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2734367

Eitan Adres (Contact Author)

University of Haifa - School of Political Sciences ( email )

Haifa
Israel

Dana Rachel Vashdi

University of Haifa ( email )

Haifa
Israel

Yair Zalmanovitch

University of Haifa - Department of Political Science ( email )

Mount Carmel, 31905
Haifa
Israel

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