Primer in Social Choice Theory

ISBN-10: 0199565309
ISBN-13: 9780199565306
Edition: 2nd 2009 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $80.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 4/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

This text explores the theory of social choice. It will be a useful starting point for students grappling with the complexities of social choice theory. With new chapter exercises, it avoids the use of technical language and provides an up-to-date discussion of this rapidly developing field.

Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface and Acknowledgements to the First Edition
About the Author
Introduction
Basic questions
Catching a glimpse of the past
Basic formalism
Aggregation of preferences - how can this be done?
The informational aspect
A path through haze, or how to read this book
Some exercises
Arrow's impossibility result
The axiom system and the theorem
The original proof
A second proof
A third diagrammatic proof
A short summary
Some exercises
Majority decision under restricted domains
The simple majority rule
Single-peaked preferences
Other domain conditions: qualitative and quantitative
A short summary
Some exercises
Individual rights
Sen's impossibility of a Paretian liberal
Gibbard's theory of alienable rights
Conditional and unconditional preferences
Conditional and unconditional preferences again: matching pennies and the prisoners' dilemma
The game form approach to rights
A short summary
Some exercises
Manipulability
The underlying problem
The Gibbard-Satterthwaite theorem
Strategy-proofness and restricted domains
A short summary
Some exercises
Escaping impossibilities: social choice rules
The Pareto-extension rule and veto power
Scoring functions and the Borda rule
Other social choice rules
A parliamentary vote: Berlin vs. Bonn
A short summary
Some exercises
Distributive justice: Rawlsian and utilitarian rules
The philosophical background
The informational structure
Axioms and characterizations
Diagrammatic proofs again
Harsanyi's utilitarianism
A short summary
Some exercises
Cooperative bargaining
The bargaining problem
Nash's bargaining solution
Zeuthen's principle of alternating concessions
The Kalai-Smorodinsky bargaining solution
A philosopher's view
Kalai's egalitarian solution
A short summary
Some exercises
Empirical social choice
Theory and opinions of the general public
Needs vs. tastes - the approach by Yaari and Bar-Hillel
Rawls's equity axiom - how does it fare?
From here to where?
A short summary
Some exercises
A few steps beyond
Social choice rules in continuous space
The uniform rule
Freedom of choice
An epilogue instead of a summary
References
Hints to the Exercises
Author Index
Subject Index

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