Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM015M: Behavioural Public Policy and Administration

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 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:

 Cohen, I.G., Fernandez Lynch, H. & Ronertson, C.T. (Eds). 2016. Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioural Economics.Johns Hopkins University Press.

 Galizzi, Matteo M. 2014. “What is really behavioral in behavioral health policy?  And does it work?” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy , 36(1): 25-60.

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

 James, S. 2012. “The contribution of behavioral economics to tax reform in the United Kingdom”, Journal of Socio-Economics , 41: 468-475.

 John, P. 2016. ‘Behavioural Approaches: How Nudges Lead to more Intelligent Policy Design’, in PhilippeZittounandB.GuyPeters (Eds). Contemporary Approaches to Public Policy , Palgrave Macmillan.

  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.

 Low, D. (Ed). 2011. Behavioural Economics and Policy Design: Examples from Singapore. Civil Service College Singapore/ World Scientific.

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

 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, Adam. 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. Forthcoming. ‘Do People Like Nudges?, Administrative Law Review , Forthcoming. Draft Working Paper Available at

 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.