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The cost-benefit revolution
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Éditeur The MIT Press
Année copyright 2018
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The cost-benefit revolution
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1 vol. (XVIII-266 p.) ; 24 cm
Notes
Notes bibliogr. p. [219]-239. Index
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Classification Dewey
361.60973
Contenu
P. IX ; Preface : Against expressivism ; P. 1 ; I. Where we are ; P. 3 ; 1. The triumph of the technocrats ; P. 27 ; 2. A foreign language ; P. 39 ; 3. Willingness to pay and the value of life ; P. 67 ; 4. Welfare : the master value ; P. 79 ; 5. The knowledge problem ; P. 101 ; II. Frontiers ; P. 103 ; 6. Moral commitments ; P. 117 ; 7. On mandatory labeling ; P. 147 ; 8. The role of courts ; P. 171 ; 9. Privacy and national security ; P. 189 ; 10. Free speech ; P. 207 ; Conclusion : Best-laid plans
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"Opinions on government policies vary widely. Some people feel passionately about the child obesity epidemic and support government regulation of sugary drinks. Others argue that people should be able to eat and drink whatever they like. Some people are alarmed about climate change and favor aggressive government intervention. Others don't feel the need for any sort of climate regulation. In The Cost-Benefit Revolution, Cass Sunstein argues our major disagreements really involve facts, not values. It follows that government policy should not be based on public opinion, intuitions, or pressure from interest groups, but on numbers—meaning careful consideration of costs and benefits. Will a policy save one life, or one thousand lives? Will it impose costs on consumers, and if so, will the costs be high or negligible? Will it hurt workers and small businesses, and, if so, precisely how much? As the Obama administration's “regulatory czar,” Sunstein knows his subject in both theory and practice. Drawing on behavioral economics and his well-known emphasis on “nudging,” he celebrates the cost-benefit revolution in policy making, tracing its defining moments in the Reagan, Clinton, and Obama administrations (and pondering its uncertain future in the Trump administration). He acknowledges that public officials often lack information about costs and benefits, and outlines state-of-the-art techniques for acquiring that information. Policies should make people's lives better. Quantitative cost-benefit analysis, Sunstein argues, is the best available method for making this happen—even if, in the future, new measures of human well-being, also explored in this book, may be better still." [source : jaquette]
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978-0-262-03814-0
0-262-03814-5
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