Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM227M: Behavioural Public Policy and Administration

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Brest, P. ‘Debiasing the Policy Makers Themselves’. Chapter 29 in Shafir, E (Ed). 2012. The Behavioural Foundations of Public Policy. Princetown University Press.

Cantarelli, P., Bellé, N., and Belardinelli, P. (2018) ‘Behavioral Public HR: Experimental Evidence on Cognitive Biases and Debiasing Interventions’, Review of Public Personnel Administration, 1-26.

Grimmelikhuijsen, S., Jilke, S., Olsen, A.L. & Tummers, L. 2016. ‘Behavioral Public Administration’, Public Administration Review.

 John, P. et al. 2011.  Nudge, Nudge, Think,Think: Experimenting with Ways to Change Civic Behaviour. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

 Kahneman, D. 2013.  Thinking, Fast and Slow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

 Ly, K. & Soman, D. 2013.  Nudging Around the World. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Marteau, T.M., D. Ogilvie, M. Roland, M. Suhrcke and M.P. Kelly (2011), ‘Judging Nudging: Can Nudging Improve Population Health?’, The British Medical Journal 342(d228), pp. 263–265.

OECD. 2017.  Behavioural Insights and Public Policy: Lessons from Around the World.  OECD. Publishing, Paris. Read online:

Oliver, A. 2017.  The origins of behavioural public policy.  Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Oliver, A. 2013. Ed.  Behavioural Public Policy. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Oliver, A. 2013. “From Nudging to Budging: Using Behavioural Economics to Inform Public Sector Policy”, Journal of Social Policy, 42(4): 685-700.

Shafir, E (Ed). 2012.  The Behavioural Foundations of Public Policy. Princetown University Press.

Sunstein, C. 2016.  The Ethics of Influence: Government in the Age of Behavioral Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sunstein, C. 2015.  Why Nudge? The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism. Yale University Press.

Thaler, R. and C. Sunstein. 2008.  Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness. New Haven, Yale University Press.