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dc.contributor.authorSen, Amartya Kumar
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-02T14:57:28Z
dc.date.issued1970
dc.identifier.citationSen, Amartya Kumar. 1970. The impossibility of a Paretian liberal. Journal of Political Economy 78(1): 152-157.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0022-3808en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3612779
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this paper is to present an impossibility result that seems to have some disturbing consequences for principles of social choice. A common objection to the method of majority decision is that it is illiberal. The argument takes the following form: Given other things in the society, if you prefer to have pink walls rather than white, then society should permit you to have this, even if a majority of the community would like to see your walls white. Similarly, whether you should sleep on your back or on your belly is a matter in which the society should permit you absolute freedom, even if a majority of the community is nosey enough to feel that you must sleep on your back. We formalize this concept of individual liberty in an extremely weak form and examine its consequences.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipEconomicsen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Pressen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/1829633en_US
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dc.titleThe Impossibility of a Paretian Liberalen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionVersion of Recorden_US
dc.relation.journalJournal of Political Economy -Chicago-en_US
dash.depositing.authorSen, Amartya Kumar
dc.date.available2010-02-02T14:57:28Z
dash.contributor.affiliatedSen, Amartya


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