Nudge Technique – A Psychological Tactic to Manipulate the Masses?

In 2015, during a public debate on behavioural science in Lucerne, I was accused of supporting tactics befitting an unsavoury authoritarian regime. At the time, knowing how well-intentioned my colleagues were, I thought this was, quite frankly, nuts.

I remain a supporter of the use of behavioural science in public policy, and of the Behavioural Insights Team, more commonly known as the Nudge Unit. However, witnessing how the UK and other governments have responded to the pandemic, I can now appreciate the vulnerabilities of well-intentioned, democratic regimes, and the potential for behavioural science to be used inappropriately.

https://unherd.com/2022/01/how-the-government-abused-nudge-theory/?tl_inbound=1&tl_groups%5B0%5D=18743&tl_period_type=3&mc_cid=06d853cff2&mc_eid=6dd6139103

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