How Far to Nudge?

How Far to Nudge? : Assessing Behavioural Public Policy

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Behavioural public policies, or nudges, have become increasingly popular in recent years, with governments keen to use light-touch interventions to improve the success of their public policies. In this unique book, Peter John explores nudges, their successes and limitations, and sets out a bold manifesto for the future of behavioural public policy.

This book traces the beginnings of nudge in behavioural economics and tracks the adoption of its core ideas by policy-makers, providing examples of successful applications. By considering the question `how far to nudge?', John reviews why it is crucial for governments to address citizen behaviours, and reviews the criticisms of nudge and its ethical limitations. Looking to its future, this book proposes the adoption of a radical version of nudge, nudge plus, involving increased feedback and more engagement with citizens.

How Far to Nudge? will be a vital text for students of behavioural public policy and policy analysis, as well as for anyone looking for an introduction to nudge policy and an explanation for its growth in popularity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12.7mm | 294.84g
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1786430568
  • 9781786430564
  • 410,279

Table of contents

Contents 1. Introduction 2. Behavioural Public Problems 3. The Behavioural Revolution in the Social Sciences 4. Nudge: All Tools are Informational Now 5. Translating Nudge into Practice: Routes to Innovation 6. Is Nudge All It's Cracked Up to Be? Limitations and Criticisms 7. The Ethics of Nudge 8. Nudge Plus and How To Get There 9. Assessing Behavioural Public Policy References Index
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`Overall this is a fascinating and thoughtful reflection on the important story of `nudge' to date, and ways it could change to have wider and more lasting impacts. For practitioners, it offers an easy introduction to the theory behind nudge and the history to date. And a challenge on applying this thinking to a much wider range of public policy issues at local level.' -- Jason Lowther, Local Government Studies `Peter John's How Far to Nudge? provides a thoughtful, insightful and original take on the behavioral science revolution in public policy and administration. The book serves as a helpful resource for those looking for an overview of the current status of nudge in government, and it would provide a useful text for graduate courses that include a focus on behavioral public policy and administration. And yet the book is thought-provoking for those already familiar with the topic as well because, having worked extensively at applying nudge tactics in government and having read widely in the behavioral sciences, John is able to provide a uniquely informed perspective on the practices, limitations, ethics, and political implications of the behavioral turn in public policy and public administration as this approach assumes an increasingly prominent role in governments around the world.' -- Gregg G. Van Ryzin, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory `There are few people better placed to capture the complex interactions between behavioural science and public policy research than Peter John. This timely book will help both academics and policy-makers understand better the scientific, ethical, and practical issues arising from the continuing growth of behavioural public policy applications.' -- Liam Delaney, University College Dublin, UK `Peter John is a relatively rare breed - a political scientist working in the burgeoning field of behavioural public policy. In this new book, he takes the reader on a journey, in discussing how the field has developed, its limitations and the ethical challenges that it faces. Ultimately, John reveals himself to be a strong proponent of a principal aspect of behavioural public policy - i.e. so-called nudges - and yet, interestingly, advocates for nudges to be supplemented by approaches that encourage deliberative consideration by those targeted for behaviour change. This, he defines, as nudge plus.' -- Adam Oliver, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK `This is an important book on how governments and others can affect the behavioural habits fundamental to addressing many contemporary policy challenges. Particularly valuable is the argument that nudge involves not just choice architecture and social messaging but a reform of political institutions and bureaucracies. The promotion of self-reinforcing and beneficial behaviours, including by an "agent-centred" version of nudge, is expertly illustrated through a range of cases from Professor John and others' research. Overall, the book makes a powerful case for "nudge plus"as a more open, reflective and decentralised form of nudging.' -- Oliver James, University of Exeter, UK
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About Peter John

Peter John, Department of Political Economy, King's College London, UK
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