3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An applaud for liberal paternalism,
This review is from: Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Hardcover)
Nudge is a book about the concept of liberal paternalism. The basic idea is that rare and/or difficult choice situations should be made easier to people by disclosing relevant information and applying defaults and recommendations that are well-thought, i.e. to nudge people to make better decisions. Examples include retirement saving decisions and health insurance choices.
The authors, professors Thaler and Sunstein, make a strong case that it is not enough just to maximize the amount of alternatives. It also needs to be easy and practical to navigate the waters of abundant choices. I believe this is the type of insightful common sense idea that in a near future will be considered a self-evident policy principle widely adopted by political parties, policy makers and businesses.
Personally the only slightly negative aspect about the book, and the reason I gave only four stars, was that the examples were very US specific (which of course is only natural as the authors are from the states). Nevertheless, some of the policy suggestions raised in the book are very topical in my country, Finland, such as assuming by default consent for organ donations and for the biggest state church to relinquish its right to official marry people and rather just give a ceremonial blessing limited to opposite sex partners. Recommended reading for anyone who needs to think about how users make choices.