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Continuous Social Decision Procedures

Ferejohn, John A. and Packel, Edward W. (1981) Continuous Social Decision Procedures. Social Science Working Paper, 341. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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Classical social decision procedures are supposed to map lists of preference orderings into binary relations which describe society's "preferences." But when there are infinitely many alternatives the resulting plethora of possible preference orderings make it impossible to differentiate "nearby" preference relations. If the preference information used to make social decisions is imperfect, society may wish to implement a continuous social decision procedure (SDP) so that nearby preference configurations will map into nearby social preference relations. It is shown here that a continuity requirement can severely restrict the admissible behavior of a social decision procedure. Furthermore a characterization of continuous SDPs is presented which facilitates the examination of such procedures and their relation to various voting mechanisms.

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Additional Information:Revised. Original dated to September 1980. This research was supported by grants SOC78-24787 and SOC79-07366 from the National Science Foundation. Published as Ferejohn, John A., and Edward W. Packel. "Continuous social decision procedures." Mathematical Social Sciences 6.1 (1983): 65-73.
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