Group formation and competition: instrumental and expressive approaches

Hamlin, Alan and Jennings, Colin (2001) Group formation and competition: instrumental and expressive approaches. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, 31pp. (Discussion Papers in Economics and Econometrics 0110).


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We construct models of group formation designed to capture some of the key features of political and social competition. The models draw on the ‘citizen candidate’ approach and allow competition to be modelled as either compromise - where all groups influence outcomes; or conflict - where one group wins the right to dictate. We also consider both instrumental and expressive approaches to understanding group formation, first separately and then in a setting which encompasses both approaches.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: ISSN 0966-4246
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Keywords: group formation, expressive behaviour, conflict, compromise
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 33103
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Date Deposited: 18 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:59

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