Als eine der Antragstellerinnen diskutierte Dr. Kathrin Loer bei den Villa Vigoni – Gesprächen vom 27.3.-1.4.2017 in Menaggio auch verbraucherpolitische Themen. Die Konferenz ermöglichte einen sehr intensiven Gedankenaustausch und Debatten zwischen WissenschaftlerInnen unterschiedlicher Disziplinen (Rechtswissenschaft, Politikwissenschaft, Soziologie, Geographie, Psychologie, Ökonomie). Die Debatte wird fortgesetzt und darüber in diesem Blog berichtet.
Hintergrundinformation zu den diesjährigen Villa Vigoni-Gesprächen über:

„Behavioural  Sciences and the politics of simplifications“

In recent years, we are observing novel modes of policy-making and regulation based on insights from behavioural economics, psychology and the behavioural sciences more generally. These insights are applied across an increasing number of policy areas – from health policy and consumer protection to tax and pension law. More often than not, the aim of these behavioural approaches is to simplify government and to change – in some cases: to nudge – the behaviour of citizens towards better individual and collective decisions. While there is already a sizable literature across multiple disciplines on behaviourally informed policies, there are few comparative studies systematically analysing the application of behavioural insights in public policy across countries and policy areas.

Based on a transdisciplinary and comparative approach, the conference aims at understanding the conditions and consequences, the mechanisms and modes of behavioural public policy in Europe. While Britain and the US have been forerunners, Germany and Italy are currently more hesitant. In a collaborative effort between scientists and policy makers we hope to identify both the enabling and constraining factors in the emerging varieties of behavioural public policies across countries.

The conference will be based on workshop discussions, brief inputs on selected topics and keynotes addressing central questions. We are also preparing a Delphi survey before the the conference. Discussions will most likely be focused on four key questions:

  • Behavioural insights applied to policy across countries and sectors – how can we describe the emerging landscape of behavioural public policy?
  • Forerunners, laggards – what are the enabling and constraining factors of applying behavioural insights to public policy?
  • Behavioural teams and networks: What are the modes and mechanisms of expertise between science and policy?
  • Varieties of Behavioural Public Policy – what are the implications for future research and practice?


Antragsteller und Organisatoren: Dr. Robert Lepenies, Dr. Kathrin Loer, Prof. Dr. Paolo Moderato, Dr. Francesco Pozzi, Dr. Holger Straßheim