The Enzymatic Effect of Behavioural Sciences – What About Policy-Maker's Expectations?

Beck, Silke, Straßheim, Holger (eds.): Handbook of Behavioural Change and Public Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, Forthcoming

18 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2018

Date Written: June 10, 2018

Abstract

As traditional policy instruments seem to be reaching their limits with regard to effectiveness, it is no wonder that the question arises whether behaviourally-inspired strategies might be an elegant tool for public actors to make policies more effective. But how could these strategies be conceptualized and how can turning to instrument typology contribute to that goal? The chapter puts forward suggestions on how the existing instrument typologies can be advanced to better understand the mechanisms underlying the use of policy instruments in general and to integrate the mechanisms triggered by behavioural insights. It argues that the available instrument typologies do not cover how behavioural insights impact traditional instruments, despite the fact that behavioural insights meanwhile actually play a role in policy-making.

Keywords: Policy instruments, behavioural science, nudging, typology, policy-making

Suggested Citation

Loer, Kathrin, The Enzymatic Effect of Behavioural Sciences – What About Policy-Maker's Expectations? (June 10, 2018). Beck, Silke, Straßheim, Holger (eds.): Handbook of Behavioural Change and Public Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3193655

Kathrin Loer (Contact Author)

FernUniversität in Hagen ( email )

Universitätsstrasse 33
Hagen, 58084
Germany

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