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What Is Feasible?

Gillian Barker

in Beyond Biofatalism: Human Nature for an Evolving World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231171885
eISBN:
9780231540391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171885.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Human behavior and development if actively responsive to certain kinds of environmental features, and this suggests that some kinds of substantial social change could be feasible given the right kind ... More


Manipulation: Theory and Practice

Christian Coons and Michael Weber (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199338207
eISBN:
9780190228446
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199338207.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

As social creatures, we influence one another in a variety of ways. Much of this influence is benign—for example, advising family and friends, serving as role models for our children and students. ... More


Government Responsibility

Keith Dowding

in It's the Government, Stupid!: How Governments Blame Citizens for Their Own Policies

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781529206388
eISBN:
9781529206432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529206388.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

The final chapter summarizes the book’s evidence. Whilst citizens can rightfully be held responsible for the choices they make from the menu of alternatives available to them, it is society, and ... More


A critical neuro-geography of behaviourally and neuroscientifically informed public policy

Jessica Pykett

in Towards a Spatial Social Policy: Bridging the Gap Between Geography and Social Policy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781447337904
eISBN:
9781447337959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447337904.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

Amidst the growing enthusiasm for the application of behavioural insights from behavioural economics, psychology and the neurosciences in social policy, there has been a shift in emphasis from ... More


Influencing travel behaviour

Stewart Barr and John Preston

in Transport Matters

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781447329558
eISBN:
9781447329602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447329558.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Population and Demography

As travel planning’s theoretical underpinnings have broadened from engineering and economics to embrace psychology and sociology, an emphasis has been placed on social marketing and nudge theory. It ... More


The Management Ethos

Jason Blakely

in We Built Reality: How Social Science Infiltrated Culture, Politics, and Power

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780190087371
eISBN:
9780190087418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190087371.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The pseudoscientific notion that humans are machines or computing robots has led to the spread of a manipulative way of being in both personal life and politics. This manipulative ethic is a ... More


‘Regrettably it is not that Simple’: the Case for Minimalistic Marriage Laws

Patrick Nash

in Cohabitation and Religious Marriage: Status, Similarities and Solutions

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781529210835
eISBN:
9781529210866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529210835.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter looks at the inadequacies of English law and notes their needless complexity. It criticises Akhter v Khan and suggests that reform guided by nudge theory offers a promising solution. It ... More


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