Improving public health through behavioural rules: a legitimate legislative project?

Moens, Gabriël A. (2015). Improving public health through behavioural rules: a legitimate legislative project?. In: Kashan Pirzada, Danture Wickramasinghe, Gabriël A Moens and Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid, 2nd Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences (GCBSS-2015) on “Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Management and Society”. 2nd Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences (GCBSS-2015), Bali, Indonesia, (1096-1105). 17-18 September, 2015. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.11.146


Author Moens, Gabriël A.
Title of paper Improving public health through behavioural rules: a legitimate legislative project?
Conference name 2nd Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences (GCBSS-2015)
Conference location Bali, Indonesia
Conference dates 17-18 September, 2015
Proceedings title 2nd Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences (GCBSS-2015) on “Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Management and Society”   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.11.146
Open Access Status DOI
ISSN 1877-0428
Editor Kashan Pirzada
Danture Wickramasinghe
Gabriël A Moens
Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid
Volume 211
Start page 1096
End page 1105
Total pages 10
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This article concerns the proper role of governments when adopting legislative rules to improve public health. These rules have led to claims that governments embrace paternalism as a legislative principle which, in turn, facilitates the creation of the ‘Nanny State’. However, whilst the ‘Nanny State’ controls or even prohibits behaviour which the State deems to be harmful, the ‘Nudge State’ merely influences and manipulates peoples’ choices by making non-wanted behaviour economically expensive or socially undesirable. This article provides examples of ‘Nudge State’ intervention in the health sector. It analyses the rise of the ‘Nudge State’ and critically assesses this development. The article argues that ultimately, ‘Nudge State’ measures are futile and obstruct the proper role of government.
Keyword Public Health
Legislation
Nanny State
Nudge State
Role of governments
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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