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Foundations of social choice theory
Verfasserangabe: ed. by Jon Elster and Aanund Hylland
Jahr: 2009
Verlag: Cambridge [u.a.], Cambridge Univ. Press [u.a.]
Mediengruppe: Buch
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VERLAGSTEXT: / / The essays in this volume, first published in 1986, 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 be valued, and the normative individualism underlying the theoretical tradition. Criticisms of social choice theory are advanced and suggestions for alternative approaches are developed. /
 
Preface
Notes on contributors
Introduction
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
Index.
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell's Book Services and R.R. Bowker. Used with permission.
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VerfasserInnenangabe: ed. by Jon Elster and Aanund Hylland
Jahr: 2009
Verlag: Cambridge [u.a.], Cambridge Univ. Press [u.a.]
Systematik: GS.S, FS.E
ISBN: 978-0-521-25735-0
2. ISBN: 978-0-521-38913-6
Beschreibung: Re-issued in this digitally print. version, 250 S.
Beteiligte Personen: Elster, Jon; Hylland, Aanund
Sprache: eng
Fußnote: Includes bibliographical references and index. Text engl.
Mediengruppe: Buch