Group deliberation and the transformation of judgments: an impossibility result
AbstractWhile a large social-choice-theoretic literature discusses the aggregation of individual judgments into collective ones, there is relatively little formal work on the transformation of individual judgments in group deliberation. I develop a model of judgment transformation and prove a baseline impossibility result: Any judgment transformation function satisfying some initially plausible condition is the identity function, under which no opinion change occurs. I identify escape routes from this impossibility result and argue that successful group deliberation must be ‘holistic’: individuals cannot generally revise their judgments on a proposition based on judgments on that proposition alone but must take other propositions into account too. I discuss the significance of these findings for democratic theory.
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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2007
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group deliberation; judgment aggregation; judgment transformation; belief revision;
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- D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
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