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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya SenVolume I: Ethics, Welfare, and Measurement$
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Kaushik Basu and Ravi Kanbur

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239115.001.0001

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Limited Rights and Social Choice Rules *

Limited Rights and Social Choice Rules *

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(p.250) Chapter 14 Limited Rights and Social Choice Rules*
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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen
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Maurice Salles

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239115.003.0015

In 1970 Amartya Sen introduced within social choice theory the notion of minimal liberty and proved an impossibility result concerning social decision functions. In this chapter Sen's condition of (minimal) liberty is weakened within the framework of social choice rules. It is then shown that the same kind of impossibility obtains for social choice functions.

Keywords:   aggregation function, freedom, liberalism, rights, Sen's Theorem, social choice function, veto

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