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Foundations of Social Choice Theory

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ISBN-10: 0521389135

ISBN-13: 9780521389136

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jon Elster, Aanund Hylland, Jon Elster

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The essays in this volume, all of which have been specially commissioned, examine the philosophical foundations of social choice theory. This field, a modern and sophisticated outgrowth of welfare economics, is best known for a series of impossibility theorems, of which the first and most crucial was proved by Kenneth Arrow in 1950. That has often been taken to show the impossibility of democracy as a procedure for making collective decisions. However, this interpretation is challenged by several of the contributors here. Other central issues discussed in the volume include the possibility of making interpersonal comparisons of utility, the question of whether all preferences are equally to…    
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List price: $41.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/24/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 5.47" wide x 8.50" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Jon Elster is Professor of Rationalit� et sciences sociales at College de France, and Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University. He is author of Closing the Books: Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective .

Notes on contributors
Lady Chatterley's Lover and Doctor Fischer's Bomb Party: liberalism, Pareto optimality and the problem of objectionable preferences
The purpose and significance of social choice theory: some general remarks and an application to the 'Lady Chatterley problem'
Laundering preferences
The market and the forum: three varieties of political theory
An historical materialist alternative to welfarism
Interpersonal comparisons: preference, good and the intrinsic reward of a life
Judging interpersonal interests
Foundations of social choice theory: an epilogue