Work Package 1

University of Hamburg

WP1 develops theoretical models that allow for an analysis of the relationships between non-state and individual actors as well as non-state and state actors. Based on behavioral economic approaches (e.g. identity economics), the first step is to model mechanisms by which non-state actors can influence individuals' preferences or environmental behaviors. In a second step, public choice approaches are used to model the role of non-state actors with regard to policy processes. Finally, the incentives for non-state actors to develop political relevance are endogenously explained in the model. The results serve as a basis to derive hypotheses and to test them in the empirical and experimental analyses in WP2-WP5.