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Keith Dowding

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781526107282

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526107282.001.0001

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Social choice and the grammar of rights and freedoms

Social choice and the grammar of rights and freedoms

(p.256) 13 Social choice and the grammar of rights and freedoms
Power, Luck and Freedom

Keith Dowding

Manchester University Press

The techniques of social choice and game theory are increasingly being used to analyse concepts in political theory. Although these techniques may prove invaluable for teasing out contradictory formulations, puzzles and problems with traditional concepts, formal writers often begin their analysis with simplistic intuitive accounts rather than building on earlier traditions in analytic political theory. This is particularly apparent in social-choice and game-theory analysis of rights and freedoms. This chapter reviews these approaches and demonstrates that by ignoring the grammar of rights and freedoms, social-choice and game-theory analysis goes wrong from the very beginning. Formal writers need to take more account of the history of their subject, as developed in the analytic theory tradition.

Keywords:   Freedom, Hohfeld, W. N, Liberal paradox, Measurement, Rights, Sen, Amartya, Social choice

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