Tyranny of utility behavioral social science and the rise of paternalism

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The general assumption that social policy should be utilitarian - that society should be organized to yield the greatest level of welfare - leads inexorably to increased government interventions. Hist...
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The general assumption that social policy should be utilitarian - that society should be organized to yield the greatest level of welfare - leads inexorably to increased government interventions. Historically, however, the science of economics has advocated limits to these interventions for utilitarian reasons and because of the assumption that people know what is best for themselves. But more recently, behavioral economics has focused on biases and inconsistencies in individual behavior. Based on these developments, governments now prescribe the foods we eat, the apartments we rent, and the composition of our financial portfolios. "The Tyranny of Utility" takes on this rise of paternalism and its dangers for individual freedoms, and examines how developments in economics and the social sciences are leading to greater government intrusion in our private lives. Gilles Saint-Paul posits that the utilitarian foundations of individual freedom promoted by traditional economics are fundamentally flawed.
Uitgever Princeton University Press
ISBN/EAN 9780691128177
Auteur Saint-paul, g.
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