A Primer in Social Choice Theory: Revised Edition / Edition 2

A Primer in Social Choice Theory: Revised Edition / Edition 2

by Wulf Gaertner
     
 


Processes of collective decision making are seen throughout modern society. How does a government decide on an investment strategy within the health care and educational sectors? Should a government or a community introduce measures to combat climate change and CO2 emissions, even if others choose not too? Should a country develop a nuclear capability despite the… See more details below

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Processes of collective decision making are seen throughout modern society. How does a government decide on an investment strategy within the health care and educational sectors? Should a government or a community introduce measures to combat climate change and CO2 emissions, even if others choose not too? Should a country develop a nuclear capability despite the risk that other countries may follow their lead?

This introductory text explores the theory of social choice. Social choice theory provides an analysis of collective decision making. The main aim of the book is to introduce students to the various methods of aggregating the preferences of all members of a given society into some social or collective preference. Written as a primer suitable for advanced undergraduates and graduates, this text will act as an important starting point for students grappling with the complexities of social choice theory. With all new chapter exercises this rigorous yet accessible primer avoids the use of technical language and provides an up-to-date discussion of this rapidly developing field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199565306
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/26/2009
Series:
London School of Economics Perspectives in Economic Analysis Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,151,864
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Arrow's impossibility result17
3Majority decision under restricted domains33
4Individual rights51
5Manipulability67
6Escaping impossibilities : social choice rules87
7Distributive justice : Rawlsian and utilitarian rules109
8Cooperative bargaining127
9Empirical social choice149
10A few steps beyond167

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