Alberto Alemanno

How to nudge Barroso out of the revolving door

The appointment of former EC chief José Manuel Barroso as an adviser at Goldman Sachs has raised eyebrows, but many observers have fretted to comment that the move, though morally questionable, was entirely legal. But how legitimate is this defence in reality? Alberto Alemanno and Benjamin Bodson argue the time has come to redefine what we think of as tolerable in the political space […]

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The EU needs to embrace behavioural insights in the design of its policies

In recent years, the United States and the United Kingdom have been developing policies that ‘nudge’ citizens into making decisions that are better for their own health and welfare. However, the European Commission is yet to systematically embrace behavioural insights in the design of its policies. Alberto Alemanno argues that it is now time for policy-makers around the world to […]

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The revised EU’s Tobacco Products Directive seeks to ‘nudge’ citizens towards making better decisions about smoking whilst preserving individual choice.

In recent years, governments have been embracing policies that ‘nudge’ citizens into making decisions that are better for their own health and welfare, and the European Commission has embraced this ‘libertarian paternalism’ in its review of the Tobacco Products Directive. Alberto Alemanno explains that by introducing measures such as plain packaging and display bans, the European Union may be able […]

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