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Liberty, equality, and impossibility: some general results in the space of 'soft' preferences

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  • S. Subramanian
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    This paper is concerned with examining the mutual compatibility of the ethical principles of equity and liberty in a social choice framework of ordinally formulated vague preferences. With sufficiently weakened versions of the liberty and equity principles, one can secure an existence result in a 'relation-functional' setting. However, difficulties tend to re-appear in a 'choice-functional' setting, when one subscribes to the notion that while preference may be vague, choice must perforce be exact.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Economic Policy Reform.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 325-341

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jpolrf:v:13:y:2010:i:4:p:325-341

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    Keywords: soft binary preference relation; soft extended binary preference relation; modified equity; minimal liberalism; generalized soft aggregation rule; H-rationalizability of a choice function;

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