Free Riders and Collective Action Revisited
By Richard L. Stroup
This article appeared in the Spring 2000 issue of The Independent Review


The imperfections of government are increasingly recognized across the political spectrum, but seldom are they explicitly traced to the problem of “free riders.” Yet the free-rider problem is inherent in all politically directed activity, as can be seen from a fresh look at the classic cases of public goods provided by government.

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