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Reaching a consensus

Bradley, Richard (2007) Reaching a consensus. Social Choice and Welfare, 29 (4). pp. 609-632. ISSN 1432-217X

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Abstract

This paper explores some aspects of the relation between aggregation and deliberation as ways of achieving a consensus amongst a group of indviduals on some set of issues. I argue firstly that the framing of an aggregation problem itself generates information about the judgements of others that individuals are rationally obliged to take into account. And secondly that the constraints which aggregation theories typically place on consensual or collective judgements need not be consistent with the outcomes of rational deliberative processes driven by individuals’ attempts to update on this information. The paper focuses on the particular case of allocation problems, for which there are established results both in aggregation theory and deliberation theory, to make this claim.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/economics/economic+theory/...
Additional Information: © 2007 Springer-Verlag
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Collections > Economists Online
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Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2009 12:32
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/22208/

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