The Condorcet-Jefferson connection and the origins of social choice theory

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This paper explores the relationship between Condorcet and Jefferson to gain insight into the early development of social choice theory. Jefferson does not seem to have read or understood Condorcet's theoretical work, but studying the relationship leads to the identification of intellectual intermediaries and a different perspective on the creation of social choice theory in the French Academy of Sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-236
Number of pages24
JournalPublic Choice
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes


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  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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