# Disposing Dictators, Demystifying Voting Paradoxes: Social Choice Analysis

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August 2008

## Beschreibung

### Beschreibung

This book is a positive analysis of voting 'paradoxes' and argues that negative 'impossibility' results are not justified.### Inhaltsverzeichnis

1. Subtle complexity of social choice; 2. Dethroning dictators; 3. Voting dictionaries; 4. Explaining all voting paradoxes; 5. Deliver us from plurality vote; 6. Appendix.### Portrait

Donald G. Saari is Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Economics and Honorary Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California-Irvine, where he is Director of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences. He previously served on the faculty of Northwestern University from 1968 to 2000, where he held the Pancoe Professorship of Mathematics. A Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Professor Saari is the former Chief Editor of the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. The author of more than 170 published papers, he has also written numerous books, including Basic Geometry of Voting (1995), Decisions and Elections: Explaining the Unexpected (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Chaotic Elections! A Mathematician Looks at Voting (2001), The Way It Was: Mathematics from the Early Years of the Bulletin (2003), and Collisions, Rings, and Other Newtonian N-Body Problems (2005).### Pressestimmen

Advance praise: 'The future generations of social choice theorists will certainly find much inspiration and profound insights in this book. For anyone working in the field of voting and social choice the book will provide a rich collection of results, methodological tools, and challenging open problems.' Hannu Nurmi, Academy of Finland Advance praise: 'Donald Saari provides not only an engaging and accessible explanation of the celebrated dictatorial theorems of Arrow, Sen, and Chichilnisky but also an intuitive argument for why we should not be surprised by the negative results of these seminal theorems.' Tommy Ratliff, Wheaton College Advance praise: 'Arrow's theorem is at the origin of the birth of modern social choice theory in the late 1940s and 1950s. Sen's theorem on liberalism and the Pareto principle (published in 1970) created an upsurge of fundamental studies in the so-called non-welfaristic issues in normative economics. Both results are essentially negative (impossibilities). Saari, in this book, demonstrates that we must not overestimate these negative aspects. Particularly noteworthy are the remarkable presentations of the topological approach to social choice and of the generic stability of the core of voting games (including a very short introduction to a new solution concept, the finesse point), where Saari, once again, shows his wonderful pedagogical talent.' Maurice Salles, University of Caen '... The book is definitely of interest to students and researchers from many different areas having to deal with aggregation problems. ... most entertaining and illuminating, there is a lot to learn from this book for everyone who cares about whether voters elect what they really want.' Mathematical Reviews 'The book is definitely of interest to students and researchers from many different areas having to deal with aggregation problems. ... there is a lot to learn from this book for everyone who cares about whether voters elect what they really want.' Journal of the American Statistical AssociationEAN: 9780521731607

ISBN: 0521731607

Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.

Verlag: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR

Erscheinungsdatum: August 2008

Seitenanzahl: 240 Seiten

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