Did Jefferson or Madison understand Condorcet's theory of social choice?

  title={Did Jefferson or Madison understand Condorcet's theory of social choice?},
  author={Iain McLean and Arnold B. Urken},
  journal={Public Choice},
ConclusionWe therefore conclude that, despite their contacts with Condorcet, neither Jefferson nor Madison understood his exposition of social choice. We have examined all the known primary documents which appear to bear on the question, none of which shows any hint that either Jefferson or Madison understood the social choice components of Condorcet's work. This is so even though Jefferson was a close friend, intellectual soulmate, and collaborator with Condorcet. Madison, though less close to… 

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