Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2097: Behavioural Public Policy and the Nudge Agenda

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 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.

Basic reading:

Ariely, D. 2008.  Predictably irrational: the hidden forces that shape our decisions  . London, Harper Collins.

Conly, S. 2013. Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

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

 Kahneman, D. & Tversky, A. 1979. “Prospect Theory: An Analysis of Decision under Risk”, Econometrica  , Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 263-292.

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

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

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

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. Forthcoming. ‘Do People Like Nudges?’,  Administrative Law Review  , Forthcoming. Draft Working Paper

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

Sunstein, C. 2015. Choosing Not to Choose: Understanding the Value of Choice. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

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

Thaler, R. 2015. Misbehaving: the Making of Behavioural Economics. London: Allen Lane.