Free rider problem

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Free riding
The practice of relying on others to contribute to a collective effort
*failing to participate, but still benefitting
Public Policy examples
- clean roads
-environment
-taxes for national defense
Applied to interest groups
policy changes affect everyone, whether you joined the group or not
so attracting members is hard
economic groups
seek policies for monetary benefit
citizen groups
seek to change wide range of policies
single- issue groups
change on a single topic
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