The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of social and political by David A Snow

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They may work as freelancers such as investigative journalists, social scientists, and as individuals on an ideological mission or hoping to peddle what they discover. In recent years there appears to have been a significant increase in the use of faux activists by private corporations responding to challenges from globalization, environmental, antinuclear, and animal rights movements (Lubbers 2012). There are also new hybrid forms blurring the line between state and private control organizations.

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Actors engaged in altruistic acts do not receive any direct benefit from their action. They could let other individuals contribute to improving others’ welfare. In contrast, actors committed to the provision of common goods directly benefit from their public-spirited action since no individual is excluded from common goods. But here again, those actors could leave it to others to pay the costs of their action. The difficulty of acting on behalf of others as well as contributing to the common good was made famous by Olson’s paradox of collective action (1965) and Hardin’s tragedy of the commons (1968).

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