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Author Sunstein, Cass R., author

Title Why nudge? : the politics of libertarian paternalism / Cass R. Sunstein
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 195 pages) : illustrations
Series Storrs lectures on jurisprudence: Yale Law School ; 2012
Storrs lectures on jurisprudence ; 2012
Contents Introduction: Behaviorally informed paternalism -- Occasions for paternalism -- The paternalist's toolbox -- Paternalism and welfare -- Paternalism and autonomy -- Soft paternalism and its discontents -- Epilogue: The lives we save may be our own
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-186) and index
Notes Online resource; title from e-book title screen (JSTOR platform, viewed September 30, 2015)
Subject Choice (Psychology) -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Consumer behavior -- Political aspects -- United States.
Libertarianism -- United States.
Paternalism -- Political aspects -- United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300197861 (hardcover ;) (acid-free paper)
0300206925 (electronic bk.)
0300212690 (paperback)
9780300197860 (hardcover ;) (acid-free paper)
9780300206920 (electronic bk.)
9780300212693 (paperback)