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Procedural Fairness in Economic and Social Choice: Evidence from a Survey of Voters

  • Paul Anand

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    (Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University)

The paper argues for the relevance of procedural justice to social choice and presents supporting evidence from primary data on voter attitudes. A preliminary section proposes and discusses five propositions that indicate the potential value and significance of processes for social choice. Section 3 considers evidence for what psychologists have called 'voice' and the extent to which control over, or representation in, a decision is compatible with other economic notions of fair process, like random choosing. Section 4 examines empirical evidence that sensitivity to process fairness may be a means of dealing with power inequalities between interacting agents. Section 5 goes on to examine evidence concerning treatment which in some way is threatening to a person's position as an agent. A brief concluding section summarizes and indicates avenues for future research.

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Paper provided by The Open University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics in its series Open Discussion Papers in Economics with number 27.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2000
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 247-270, April
Handle: RePEc:opn:wpaper:27
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