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Collective Choice and Social Welfare - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444851277, 9781483294575

Collective Choice and Social Welfare, Volume 11

1st Edition

Author: A.K. Sen
eBook ISBN: 9781483294575
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 1st January 1984
Page Count: 236
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series


Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 1 Preference Relations

Chapter 2 Unanimity

Chapter 2 Collective Choice Rules and Pareto Comparisons

Chapter 3 Collective Rationality

Chapter 3 Social Welfare Functions

Chapter 4 Choice Versus Orderings

Chapter 4 Social Decision Functions

Chapter 5 Values and Choice

Chapter 5 Anonymity, Neutrality and Responsiveness

Chapter 6 Conflicts and Dilemmas

Chapter 6 The Liberal Paradox

Chapter 7 Interpersonal Aggregation and Comparability

Chapter 7 Aggregation Quasi-Orderings

Chapter 8 Cardinality with or without Comparability

Chapter 8 Bargains and Social Welfare Functions

Chapter 9 Equity and Justice

Chapter 9 Impersonality and Collective Quasi-Orderings

Chapter 10 Majority Choice and Related Systems

Chapter 10 Restricted Preferences and Rational Choice

Chapter 11 Theory and Practice



Name Index

Subject Index


This book is concerned with the study of collective preference, in particular with the relationship between the objectives of social action and the preferences and aspirations of society's members.

Professor Sen's approach is based on the assumption that the problem of collective choice cannot be satisfactorily discussed within the confines of economics. While collective choice forms a crucial aspect of economics, the subject pertains also to political science, the theory of the state, and to the theory of decision procedures. The author has therefore used material from these disciplines, plus philosophical aspects from ethics and the theory of justice.


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@qu:A lucidly written, interestingly organized text that sparkles with wit and insight. @source:J.M. Dolan University of Minnesota

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A.K. Sen

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Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA