Neuroliberalism: Behavioural Government in the 21st Century

Mark Whitehead, Rhys Jones, Jessica Pykett, Rachel Howell, Rachel Lilley

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Neuroliberalism presents the results of the first critical global study of the impacts of the behavioural sciences on public policy and government actions, including behavioural economics, behavioural psychology and neuroeconomics. Drawing on interviews with leading behaviour change experts, organizations and policy-makers, and discussed in alignment with a series of international case studies, this volume provides a critical analysis of the ethical, economic, political and constitutional implications of behaviourally oriented government. It explores the impacts of the behavioural sciences on everyday life through a series of themes, including: understandings of the human subject; interpretations of freedom; the changing form and function of the state; the changing role of the corporation in society; and the design of everyday environments and technologies.

The research presented in this volume reveals a diverse set of neuroliberal approaches to government that offer policy-makers and behaviour change professionals a real choice in relation to the systems of behavioural government they can implement. This book also argues that the behavioural sciences have the potential to support much more effective systems of government, but also generate new ethical concerns that policy-makers should be aware of.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages236
ISBN (Electronic)9781315684772
ISBN (Print)9781138923836, 1138923834, 9781138923829
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2017


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