Social Theory

Social Choice: A Personal Theory of Power in Preferences, Choices, and Strategy

Social Choice: A Personal Theory of Power in Preferences, Choices, and Strategy

There are many sources of power, but this essay focuses on choice-theoretic research and social choice in particular. Social choice concerns the process by which individual preferences are aggregated into collective choices through group decision processes such as voting. I hope to convince the reader that strategists ought to be thinking about social choice and its implications for the complexity of attaining stable agreement. It is by pondering the nature of social choice that we truly understand why the strategist is a “hero.”