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Some challenges to the new paternalism

Le Grand, Julian ORCID: 0000-0002-7864-0118 (2020) Some challenges to the new paternalism. Behavioural Public Policy, 6 (1). pp. 160-171. ISSN 2398-063X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/bpp.2020.12


Behavioural public policy analysts have examined cases of individuals' failures of reason or judgement to attain their ends and have used these to justify 'means' paternalism: a form of government intervention that tries to save individuals from the consequences of those reasoning failures and to enable them better to achieve those ends. This has been challenged on a number of grounds, including too great a focus on choice-preserving interventions such as nudges, the privileging of future preferences over current ones and the possibility of state failures as damaging to individual well-being as the original reasoning failure. This paper summarizes the principal arguments in favour of means paternalism and then addresses these challenges.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press.
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2022 15:33
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2024 21:09

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