WELCOME TO SOCIAL CHOICE IN 2010-2011


The third written examination will take place at 9.00 on Monday the 12th of September 2011 with the verbalizazzione starting at 14.00 on the same day. The submission time for Group Projects who wish to be verbalized at this third session is 9.00 on the 5th of September. The first verbalizazzione was on the 15th of June and second verbalizazzione was on the 1st of July.


This is an elective at LUISS Guido Carli. It is available in the second semester for students in all three Faculties of LUISS.
It is taught in English by John Hey and Carmen Pasca. The assistant on the course is Mattia de Grassi di Pianura.
If you are following the course and are not on this list please let us know.


At a time when the world is going through an unprecedented turmoil, the launch of this course is particularly appropriate. Governments throughout the world are re-examining their policies, objectives and methods for both social and economic control, and for individual and social responsibility. This course examines the objectives of societies and the appropriate organisation to achieve these objectives.

The course has been completely redesigned in 2010-2011. In 2009-2010, the first year that the course was offered, the course was organised in a 'top-down' fashion, starting with historical discussions and factual statements about existing constitutions and voting systems. It then went on to consider theoretical arguments in favour of particular social organisations. In 2010-11 the course is organised in the reverse way, in a 'bottom-up' fashion, starting with a discussion of what might be the ideal way to organise societies. We will show that it is not possible to have a first-best solution and that any organisation must be a compromise. We then go on to discuss how societies are actually constructed and managed, and we tie the discussion to philosophical arguments about social choice. The course will appeal to all students interested in the foundations of political, social and economic systems in the real world. Teaching methods will include conventional lectures, discussions, debates, experiments and games.
In view of the large numbers of students, we are being more precise about the rules for assessment.
Please send any comments to either John Hey or Carmen Pasca.



Course Structure                Sessions                Bibliography                Useful Websites                Assessment                The course as it was in 2009-2010                Students in 2010-2011                Practicalities

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