Choice Architecture in Democracies 2016
DOI: 10.5771/9783845263939-229
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Abstract: Thesis 1: Even employing soft incentives like 'nudges' which -at least in principle -do not impair the affected individuals' freedom to decide, soft (or libertarian) paternalism faces the same problem any other kind of paternalism does: What justifies government interventions in individuals' decisions if no third parties' interests are involved? The only possibility for such a justification available so far is the idea of collective self-binding as proposed by G. Brennan and L. Lomasky (1983).

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“…A key aspect of the legitimacy of nudges at the domestic level stems from viewing them as a type of collective binding mechanism created through a democratic process. 32 But international policy-makers are relatively less accountable to the public than domestic politicians. 33 The World Bank, for example, may implement nudges that affect the lives of individuals around the globe-while most of those individuals have no meaningful influence on the decisions of the World Bank.…”
Section: Normative Aspects Of Nudges In the International Arenamentioning
confidence: 99%
“…A key aspect of the legitimacy of nudges at the domestic level stems from viewing them as a type of collective binding mechanism created through a democratic process. 32 But international policy-makers are relatively less accountable to the public than domestic politicians. 33 The World Bank, for example, may implement nudges that affect the lives of individuals around the globe-while most of those individuals have no meaningful influence on the decisions of the World Bank.…”
Section: Normative Aspects Of Nudges In the International Arenamentioning
confidence: 99%