Behavioural Governance

posted Feb 8, 2020, 5:28 AM by Eva Thomann   [ updated Feb 26, 2020, 2:14 AM ]
Under the heading of "Behavioural Public Policy" and "Behavioural Public Administration", recent years have witnessed an increased interest in the psychological micro-foundations of policy processes. I am particularly interested in two areas: on the one hand, what are the behaviourally relevant aspects of policy design and regulatory instruments, and how can they help us understand the effects of public policies? I have argued that the "explicitness" of policy instruments helps us understand how target groups respond to them. Second, what are behavioural mechanisms underlying the interaction of citizens and other policy target groups with actors representing the state, such as street-level bureaucrats, and how can this help us understand the broader social impacts of policy implementation processes? I pursue this research agenda within various international collaborations and I co-edit two forthcoming special issues on behavioural governance.

Current projects
Moseley, A. and E. Thomann. A behavioural model of heuristics and biases in frontline policy implementation. In progress.
Deruelle, T., Thomann, E. and O. James. Interventions on frontline discrimination: a review of behavioural research. In progress.
Gofen, A., Moseley, A., Thomann, E. and K. Weaver. Forthcoming. Behavioural governance in the policy process: comparative and multi-level perspectives. Special issue in the Journal of European Public Policy.

Related publications
Ewert, B., Loer, K. and E. Thomann. Forthcoming, 2020. Beyond nudge. Advancing the state-of-the-art of Behavioural Public Policy. Themed issue in Policy & Politics.
Thomann, E. 2018. 'Donate your organs, donate life!' Explicitness in policy instruments. Policy Sciences 51(4): 433–456.
Thomann, E. van Engen, N. and L. Tummers. 2018. The necessity of discretion: a behavioral evaluation of bottom-up implementation theory.  Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 28(4): 583–601.