Why Nudge? : The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism

Why Nudge? : The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism

Description

The bestselling author of Simpler offers a powerful, provocative, and convincing argument for protecting people from their own mistakes

Based on a series of pathbreaking lectures given at Yale University in 2012, this powerful, thought-provoking work by national best-selling author Cass R. Sunstein combines legal theory with behavioral economics to make a fresh argument about the legitimate scope of government, bearing on obesity, smoking, distracted driving, health care, food safety, and other highly volatile, high-profile public issues. Behavioral economists have established that people often make decisions that run counter to their best interests-producing what Sunstein describes as "behavioral market failures." Sometimes we disregard the long term; sometimes we are unrealistically optimistic; sometimes we do not see what is in front of us. With this evidence in mind, Sunstein argues for a new form of paternalism, one that protects people against serious errors but also recognizes the risk of government overreaching and usually preserves freedom of choice.

Against those who reject paternalism of any kind, Sunstein shows that "choice architecture"-government-imposed structures that affect our choices-is inevitable, and hence that a form of paternalism cannot be avoided. He urges that there are profoundly moral reasons to ensure that choice architecture is helpful rather than harmful-and that it makes people's lives better and longer.


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Details

Author(s)
Cass R. Sunstein
Format
Paperback | 208 pages
Dimensions
140 x 210 x 12.7mm | 218g
Publication date
02 Jun 2015
Publisher
Yale University Press
Publication City/Country
New Haven, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
3 b-w illus.
ISBN10
0300212690
ISBN13
9780300212693
Bestsellers rank
352,614