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Government paternalism: nanny state or helpful friend?

Le Grand, Julian ORCID: 0000-0002-7864-0118 and New, Bill (2015) Government paternalism: nanny state or helpful friend? Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 9780691164373

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Should governments save people from themselves? Do governments have the right to influence citizens' behavior related to smoking tobacco, eating too much, not saving enough, drinking alcohol, or taking marijuana—or does this create a nanny state, leading to infantilization, demotivation, and breaches in individual autonomy? Looking at examples from both sides of the Atlantic and around the world, Government Paternalism examines the justifications for, and the prevalence of, government involvement and considers when intervention might or might not be acceptable. Building on developments in philosophy, behavioral economics, and psychology, Julian Le Grand and Bill New explore the roles, boundaries, and responsibilities of the government and its citizens.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2015 Princeton University Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 09:05
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:01

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