Nudge nudge, think think: two strategies for changing civic behaviour

John, Peter, Smith, Graham and Stoker, Gerry (2009) Nudge nudge, think think: two strategies for changing civic behaviour. Political Quarterly, 80, (3), 361-370. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-923X.2009.02001.x).


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This paper reviews two contrasting approaches governments use to engage the citizen to promote better public policy outcomes: nudging citizens using the insights of behavioural economics, as summarised by Thaler and Sunstein (2009) or giving citizens the space to think through and debate solutions, as indicated by proponents of deliberative democracy. The paper summarises each approach, giving examples; then it compares and contrast them, illustrating their relative strengths and weaknesses. The paper concludes by suggesting that the approaches share some common features and policy-makers could useful draw upon both.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-923X.2009.02001.x
ISSNs: 0032-3179 (print)
1467-923X (electronic)
Keywords: behavioural economics, nudge, deliberative democracy, citizen engagement, public policy outcomes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 80276
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
8 August 2009Published
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:16

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