This chapter introduces a theoretical framework that makes sense of behavioural dynamics in global partnerships. By framing partnering as a joint production process it moves the relationship between inputs and outputs – formalized as collaboration functions – into focus. The approach builds on the seminal work on social aggregation by Hirshleifer, Cornes and Sandler, as well as theories of incomplete contracting put forward by Hart and others (Hart and Moore, 1990; Hart, 1995b; Hart et al., 1997). Both theories are introduced in Sections 5.1 and 5.2. Section 5.3 combines these theories to extract some key propositions on how input-output relations translate into behavioural dynamics.
KeywordsPublic Good Total Factor Productivity Joint Production Collective Action Problem Individual Return
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