Bounded interdisciplinarity: Critical Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Context and Evidence in Behavioural Public Policies

Joram Feitsma, Mark Whitehead

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Abstract

A behavioural public policy movement has flourished within the global policy realm. While this movement has been deemed interdisciplinary, incorporating behavioural science theories and methods in a neoclassical economics-governed policy process, this paper analyses the bounded form of interdisciplinarity that characterizes it. We claim that an engagement is missing with the broader sweep of social sciences, which share similar concerns but deploy different analytical perspectives from those of behavioural public policy. Focusing on two central concepts (context and evidence), we aim to show how behavioural public policy's bounded interdisciplinarity implies constrained understandings of context and evidence, thereby limiting its complex problem-solving abilities. At the same time, we highlight some alternative examples of behavioural public policy practice that do explore new critical interdisciplinary horizons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-384
Number of pages27
JournalBehavioural Public Policy
Volume6
Issue number3
Early online date24 Sept 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • : Interdisciplinarity, evidence, context, geography, public administration.

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