Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 267–284 | Cite as

Brief proofs of Arrovian impossibility theorems

  • Susumu CatoEmail author
Original Paper


Since Kenneth Arrow showed the general possibility theorem, a number of social choice theorists have provided alternative proofs of it. In a recent article, Geanakoplos (Econ Theory 26:211–215, 2005) has constructed a new proof of the theorem. The present article provides alternative proofs of various Arrovian impossibility results from the 1960s to the 1970s by utilizing Geanakoplos’s method. We prove semi-order impossibility theorems, the quasi-transitive veto theorem, the quasi-transitive dictatorship theorem, the triple acyclic veto theorem, and the impossibility theorem without the Pareto principle.


Social Choice Social Preference Econ Theory Social Choice Theory Veto Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Social ScienceThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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