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Collective Decision-Making: Social Choice and Political Economy
     

Collective Decision-Making: Social Choice and Political Economy

by norman schofield (Editor)
 

This volume is intended to provide a broad perspective on collective decision-making, presenting economic and political aspects from both a theoretical and empirical viewpoint. The four chapters in the first section of the book give new results in Social Choice Theory, showing how the Arrow Impossibility Theorem applies in both economic and political decisions, and

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This volume is intended to provide a broad perspective on collective decision-making, presenting economic and political aspects from both a theoretical and empirical viewpoint. The four chapters in the first section of the book give new results in Social Choice Theory, showing how the Arrow Impossibility Theorem applies in both economic and political decisions, and analyzing generalized Borda voting methods. The second section examines elections and committees, by setting up a formal approach to study the election of a legislature by presenting new experimental work on voting in committees, and by outlining a unified theory of political choice. The third section examines decision-making in multiparty politics (including detailed theoretical and empirical study of a number of democracies). The fourth section on political economy covers interest groups, electoral cycles and a formal discussion of the 'general will'.
We need to understand all the properties of coalitions and coalition-formation in order to appreciate and interpret politics.... This volume summarizes what we have learned.
- from the Foreword by William Riker.

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'The editor has selected carefully an excellent array of articles and organized them most effectively in a logical and coherent presentation of critical issues with social choice and political economy within the context of collective decision making. This is an excellent edited volume for readers familiar with the general theories, theorems, and voting methods presented, and for those interested in updating their understanding of the more recent literature on these topics.' Review of Radical Political Economics, December 1998

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789048158003
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Series:
Recent Economic Thought Series , #50
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1996
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.24(d)

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