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Axiomatic Social Choice Theory: An Overview and Interpretation

Plott, Charles R. (1976) Axiomatic Social Choice Theory: An Overview and Interpretation. American Journal of Political Science, 20 (3). pp. 511-596. ISSN 0092-5853.

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Normative concerns are central to the study of democratic theory and the policy- relevant areas of political science and economics. The same normative concerns are central to the study of axiomatic social choice theory. Despite similarities in origin and in underlying philosophical orientation, the fields have evolved separately and within different methodologies. This paper attempts to survey the most recent major results in axiomatic social choice theory within a unifying interpretation accessible to nonspecialists.

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Additional Information:© 1976 Midwest Political Science Association. Manuscript submitted December 17, 1975. Final manuscript received March 8, 1976. Financial support supplied by the National Science Foundation is gratefully acknowledged. An early draft of this paper was presented at an MSSB conference on Democratic Theory and Social Choice Theory, Key Biscayne, 1975. The comments by participants have led to several changes. W. T. Jones and Paul Thomas provided many helpful editorial comments, and I have enjoyed the benefit of many discussions on this subject with colleagues John Ferejohn, Mike Levine, and Steven Matthews.
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Official Citation:Axiomatic Social Choice Theory: An Overview and Interpretation Charles R. Plott American Journal of Political Science , Vol. 20, No. 3 (Aug., 1976) , pp. 511-596 Published by: Midwest Political Science Association Article Stable URL:
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