On the Epistemic Legitimacy of Government Paternalism

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title On the Epistemic Legitimacy of Government Paternalism
Author Brännmark, Johan
Date 2017
English abstract
Some contemporary paternalists argue in favor of government interventions based on how experimental psychologists and behavioral economists have found that our behavior often diverges from what would be predicted by rational-choice models. In this article it is argued that these findings can, more specifically, be used to identify decisional trouble spots where paternalist interventions may be legitimate. It is further argued that since the epistemic legitimacy of government paternalism ultimately rests on centralized decision-making having a comparative advantage, it also depends on the possibility of such interventions being governed by an ideal of evidence-based policy-making. The article asks how stringently this requirement should be understood, and to what extent government can legitimately engage in what might be called experimental policy-making of a paternalistic character.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/phe/phx010 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://academic.oup.com/phe/article/3903066/On-th... (external link to publication)
Publisher Oxford University Press
Host/Issue Public Health Ethics;
ISSN 1754-9981
Pages 1-8
Language eng (iso)
Subject Paternalism
Public Health
Evidence-Based Policy-Making
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/23179 Permalink to this page
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