Nudge and the Law: a European Perspective

Alberto Alemanno and Anne-Lise Sibony - foreword by Cass Sunstein - - 24/09/15

What can EU Law learn from Behavioural Sciences?

Behavioural sciences help refine our understanding of human decision-making. Their insights are immensely relevant for policy-making since public intervention works much better when it targets real people rather than imaginary beings assumed to be perfectly rational. Increasingly, governments around the world are keen to rely on those insights for reshaping public interventions in a wide range of policy areas such as energy, health, financial services and data protection. When policy-making meets behavioural sciences, effective and low-cost regulations can emerge in the form of default rules, smart disclosure and simplification requirements. While behaviourally-informed intervention has a huge potential for policymaking, it also attracts legitimacy and practicability concerns. Nudge and the Law takes a European perspective on those issues and explores the legal implications of the emergent phenomenon of behavioural regulation by focusing on the challenges and opportunities it may offer to EU policy-making and beyond.


“I unreservedly recommend it to anyone who is interested in behavioural law and economics or wants to know more about the limitations of the current EU law and how improvements can be made.” ―Maastricht journal of European and comparative law

“In Nudge and the law1 Alemanno and Sibony have gathered together an important set of contributions to the debate about “behaviourally informed regulation”.” ―Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies

“The book makes important and novel contributions in a range of topics on both a theoretical and a substantial level.” ―European Review of Private Law

“[The book] offers an excellent and, in my view, quite comprehensive picture of the behavioural legal research currently conducted at European universities by younger or already renowned researchers of the field. The particular charm of [this work] is its coverage of a wider range of policy areas and its stronger emphasis on the many exiting and important theoretical and methodological problems inherent in this relatively new school of research.” ―The Journal of European Consumer and Market Law

“I recommend the book to scholars with an interest in regulation, public law or law and economics although there is also much of value here for a generalist audience, too.” ―EUROPEAN PUBLIC LAW

Product details

  • ISBN-10 : 1849467323
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1849467322
  • Product Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.88 x 9.21 inches
  • Hardcover : 400 pages
  • Publisher : Hart Publishing (September 24, 2015)
  • Item Weight : 1.62 pounds
  • Language: : English

Hart Publishing 2015 (in coll. with A. L. SIBONY)