Libertärer Paternalismus 978-3-16-152882-8 - Mohr Siebeck
Economics

Robert Neumann

Libertärer Paternalismus

Theorie und Empirie staatlicher Entscheidungsarchitektur

[Libertarian Paternalism. Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Governmental Choice Architecture.]

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Libertarian paternalism justifies government intervention in private transactions with the irrationality of the choices made by the citizens involved. The legitimacy of these interventions is based on the condition that the citizen's freedom of choice is to be respected. Based on a description of the theoretical foundations and the conceptual weaknesses of this idea, Robert Neumann's goal is an attempt at justification in terms of constitutional economics.
Libertarian paternalism justifies government intervention in private transactions with the irrationality of choices made by the citizens involved. The legitimacy of these interventions is based on the condition that the citizen's freedom of choice is to be respected. The purpose of the concept of choice architecture, developed by Richard H. Thaler and Cass Sunstein, is to help citizens to reveal their individual preferences as optimal as possible and at the same time to promote desirable developments in the entire society. Based on a description of the theoretical foundations and the conceptual weaknesses of this idea, Robert Neumann attempts to justify Libertarian Paternalism from the perspective of constitutional economics. The suggestion he derives from this, which is to design the instruments of choice architecture exclusively via a preference based approach, is illustrated with an empirical study of preferences regarding German family policy.
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Robert Neumann Geboren 1980; 2000–07 Studium der Volkswirtschaftslehre; 2007 Diplom Volkswirt; 2008–11 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Makrosoziologie der TU Dresden; seit Oktober 2011 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Methoden empirischer Sozialforschung der TU Dresden; 2012 Promotion.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: ORDO — 66 (2015), S. 379–385 (Karen Horn)
In: Portal für Politikwiss. pw-portal.de — http://pw-portal.de/rezension/39114-libertaerer-paternalismus-45117 (12/2015) (Markus Linden)