Public Choice

, Volume 179, Issue 1–2, pp 133–144 | Cite as

Arrow, and unexpected consequences of his theorem

  • Donald G. SaariEmail author


A new way to interpret Arrow’s impossibility theorem leads to valued insights that extend beyond voting and social choice to address other mysteries ranging from the social sciences to even the “dark matter” puzzle of astronomy.


Arrow impossibility Reductionist approach Paired comparisons 



My thanks to Santiago Guisasola, Dan Jessie, Ryan Kendall, Norm Schofield, Katri Sieberg, and June Zhao for their comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Mathematical Behavioral SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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