Interventions in the political geography of ‘libertarian paternalism’

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Type Article
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-310
JournalPolitical Geography
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2011
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Contributions from political, health and economic geography, social policy and environmental policy studies are brought together here in order to examine the implications of a ‘libertarian paternalist’ political ‘project’ which seeks to react in pragmatic and ideological terms to the excesses and limitations of neoliberalism in liberal democratic contexts. The authors explore the contemporary relevance and historical antecedents of so-called ‘nudge’ tactics of governing, and draw attention to the political geographies encountered in this popular political programme in specific cases.


  • Governance, Behaviour, Public policy, State practices, Choice