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Constanze Binder (Erasmus, Rotterdam): “Walking a Mile in Your Shoes: an Escape from Arrovian Impossibilities”

14 March 2018, 5:30 pm7:00 pm

Abstract: This paper explores approaches to comparative justice (Sen, 2009) by drawing on Social Choice Theory. We introduce a procedure to correct for the influence of unquestioned parochial values on individual justice rankings: individuals are put into the position of other members of society allowing them to question (and possibly change) their justice ordering. In a first step, it is shown under which conditions this procedure leads to a domain restriction such that majority rule yields a social justice ordering. In a second step, it is examined how the introduced procedure can be used to distinguish between “reasoned” and “unreasoned” agreement. The paper concludes with a discussion as to how the findings cast doubt on the unqualified acceptance of the (weak) Pareto condition.


14 March 2018
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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