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How to reach legitimate decisions when the procedure is controversial

Dietrich, Franz (2005) How to reach legitimate decisions when the procedure is controversial. Social Choice and Welfare, 24 (2). pp. 363-393. ISSN 1432-217X

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Abstract

Imagine a group that faces a decision problem but does not agree on which decision procedure is appropriate. In that case, can a decision be reached that respects the procedural concerns of the group? There is a sense in which legitimate decisions are possible even if people disagree on which procedure to use. I propose to decide in favour of an option which maximizes the number of persons whose judged-right procedure happens to entail this decision given the profile. This decision rule is based not only on a profile in the standard sense, but in addition on a profile of judged-right procedures. To justify this decision rule, I present a set of simple axioms leading to it as the only solution.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/0176-1714/
Additional Information: © 2005 Springer
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BC Logic
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
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Date Deposited: 03 May 2011 11:49
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/35829/

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