Collective Obligations, Group Plans and Individual Actions

Allard Tamminga, Hein Duijf

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If group members aim to fulfil a collective obligation, they must act in such a way that the composition of their individual actions amounts to a group action that fulfils the collective obligation. We study a strong sense of joint action in which the members of a group design and then publicly adopt a group plan that coordinates the individual actions of the group members. We characterize the conditions under which a group plan successfully coordinates the group members' individual actions, and study how the public adoption of a plan changes the context in which individual agents make a decision about what to do.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-214
Number of pages28
JournalEconomics and Philosophy
Issue number2
Early online date23 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • collective intentionality
  • collective obligation
  • cooperation
  • joint action
  • team reasoning


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