Epilogue: collective goods for collective futures: Sally Sargeson
The case studies contained in this volume underline the point that an array of customs, ideologies, organisational forms, strategic and economic interests, political alliances and social relations influence the provision of collective goods. Moreover, the decision to produce goods collectively, as opposed to publicly or privately, is always open to contestation, even in inter-state interactions and authoritarian societies in which there are significant disparities of power, resources and capacity. Our case studies also show that collective goods provision frequently has a greater impact than originally intended. It overturns old ideational, regulatory, organisational productive and redistributive systems; distinguishes new groups of beneficiaries from non-beneficiaries; and precipitates collective actions at various levels of geo-political scale.