A Primer in Social Choice Theory: Revised Edition

Paperback | May 23, 2009

byWulf Gaertner

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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 otherschoose 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 orcollective 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 oftechnical language and provides an up-to-date discussion of this rapidly developing field.

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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 otherschoose not too? Should a country develop a nuc...

Wulf Gaertner is Professor of Economics at the University of Osnabruck in Germany and Fellow of Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin. He has held several visiting posts at Tulane University, Harvard University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science, and was the recipient of the Ludwig Lachmann Research Fellowship from the LSE...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:May 23, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Glossary of major concepts1. Introduction2. Arrow's Impossibility Result3. Majority Decision Under Restricted Domains4. Individual Rights5. Manipulability6. Espacing Impossibilities: Social Choice Rules7. Distributive Justice: Rawlsian and Utilitarian Rules8. Cooperative Bargaining9. Empirical Social Choice10. A Few Steps BeyondHints to Exercises

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"Professor Gaertner's book provides an admirable introduction to the theory of social choice. It combines rigorous reasoning with remarkable lucidity of exposition. Its coverage of topics is extensive. I envy the beginning student who learns social choice theory from Professor Gaertner'sbook." --Prasanta K. Pattanaik, Professor of Economics, University of California, Riverside