The Impossibility of a Paretian Liberal

@article{Sen1970TheIO,
  title={The Impossibility of a Paretian Liberal},
  author={Amartya Sen},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  year={1970},
  volume={78},
  pages={152 - 157}
}
  • A. Sen
  • Published 1 January 1970
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Political Economy
The purpose of this paper is to present an impossibility result that seems to have some disturbing consequences for principles of social choice. A common objection to the method of majority decision is that it is illiberal. The argument takes the following form: Given other things in the society, if you prefer to have pink walls rather than white, then society should permit you to have this, even if a majority of the community would like to see your walls white. Similarly, whether you should… 

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