Social Choice Re-examined

Volume 1 Proceedings of the IEA Conference held at Schloss Hernstein, Berndorf, near 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-xvii
  2. The Nature and Role of Social Choice Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kenneth J. Arrow
      Pages 3-9
    3. Wulf Gaertner
      Pages 10-14
    4. Louis Gevers
      Pages 38-43
  3. The Structure of Social Choice and Impossibility Theorems

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 205-212

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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