action taken together by a group of people whose goal is to enhance their status and achieve a common objective
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- Man becomes conscious of himself and his humanity only in society and only by the collective action of the whole society.
- Mikhail Bakunin, Man, Society, and Freedom (1871), as translated by Sam Dolgoff in Bakunin on Anarchy (1971)
- An institution is defined as collective action in control, liberation and expansion of individual action.
- John R. Commons, "Institutional Economics" American Economic Review, vol. 21 (December 1931), p. 648.
- Human beings have always had common purpose and destiny for which there have always been collective efforts.
- What is missing from the policy analyst's tool kit - and from the set of accepted, well-developed theories of human organization - is an adequately specified theory of collective action whereby a group of principals can organize themselves voluntarily to retain the residuals of their own efforts.
- Elinor Ostrom (1996) Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action p. 25-26