How governments influence behavior: code, nudge or notice?
Ryan sez, "Here's a new essay entitled 'Code, Nudge, or Notice?' The essay compares side-by-side three ways that the government tries to influence citizen behavior short of making it illegal. It uses contemporary examples, like the graphic warnings the FDA wants to put on cigarettes, to make the point that it sometimes very hard to sort regulations into neat categories like 'architecture,''libertarian paternalism,'or 'mandatory disclosure'(code, nudge, or notice). Instead, officials should focus on the difference between helping people and hindering them. Along the way, I make the point that all of forensics may be a kind of 'code'that turn an ordinary location into a crime scene---sort of like putting a traffic camera up at an intersection only after someone runs the red light. This is a work in progress; reader thoughts and examples warmly welcome."Next post