John, P.How far to nudge? Assessing behavioral public policy


Peter John


New Horizons in Public Policy series, Edward Elgar publishing

This book addresses the wave of innovation and reforms that has been called the nudge or behavioral public policy agenda, which has emerged in many countries since the mid-2000s. Nudge involves developing behavioral insights to solve complex policy problems, such as unemployment, obesity and the environment, as well as improving the delivery of policies by reforming standard operating procedures. It reviews the changes that have taken place, in particular the greater use of randomised evaluations, and discusses how far nudge can be used more generally in the policy process. The book argues that nudge has a radical future if it develops a more bottom up approach involving greater feedback and more engagement with citizens.

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