Social Choice Re-Examined

Volume 2 Proceedings of the IEA Conference held at Schloss Hernstein, Berndorf, Vienna, Austria

  • Kenneth J. Arrow
  • Amartya Sen
  • Kotaro Suzumura

Part of the International Economic Association Series book series (IEA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Manipulation and Implementation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bezalel Peleg
      Pages 24-25
    3. Salvador Barberà
      Pages 26-45
    4. Hervé Moulin
      Pages 46-49
  3. Foundations and Implications of Rights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Christian Seidl
      Pages 53-77
    3. Gerhard O. Orosel
      Pages 78-81
    4. Rajat Deb
      Pages 96-99
    5. Maurice Salles
      Pages 129-133
  4. Social Choice and Social Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Charles Blackorby, Walter Bossert, David Donaldson
      Pages 137-162
    3. Serge-Christophe Kolm
      Pages 167-196
    4. John A. Weymark
      Pages 197-201
    5. Kevin Roberts
      Pages 230-236
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 237-247

About this book


Since World War II the subject of social choice has grown in many and surprising ways. The impossibility theorems have suggested many directions: mathematical characterisations of voting structures satisfying various sets of conditions, the consequences of restricting choice to certain domaines, the relation to competitive equilibrium and the core, and trade-offs among the partial satisfactions of some conditions. The links with classical and modern theories of justice and, in particular, the competing ideas of rights and utilitarianism have shown the power of formal social choice analysis in illuminating the most basic philosophical arguments about the good social life. Finally, the ideals of the just society meet with the play of self interest; social choice mechanisms can lend themselves to manipulation, and the analysis of conditions under which given ideals can be realised under self interest is a political parallel to the welfare economics of the market. The contributors to these volumes focus on these issues at the forefront of current research.


social justice Welfare welfare economics

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth J. Arrow
    • 1
  • Amartya Sen
    • 2
  • Kotaro Suzumura
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsStanford UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Institute of Economic ResearchHitotsubashi UniversityTokyoJapan

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