Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 233–254 | Cite as

Generalized social welfare functionals: Welfarism, morality and liberty

  • J. Riley
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Abstract

The concept of a generalized social welfare functional (GSWFL) is introduced to permit the integration of appealing moral principles into the traditional Pareto-inclusive welfarist framework of utilitarianism and welfare economics. Attention is focused on a so-called “liberal utilitarian” GSWFL which incorporates libertarian rights within the utilitarian calculus in a fashion reminiscent of J. S. Mill's philosophy. It is suggested that welfarist social choice theory may be a far more powerful and flexible tool of political and economic analysis than is commonly thought.

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Moral Principle Social Welfare Economic Theory Economic Analysis Social Choice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Riley
    • 1
  1. 1.Murphy InstituteTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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