Comparing Behavioral Assumptions of Policy Tools: Framework for Policy Designers

Karol Olejniczak , Paweł Śliwowski , Frans Leeuw


The article provides a comparative framework for articulating assumptions made during the policy design process. That includes the framing of the policy issue in terms of the behavior of addressees, identifying problems that obstruct compliance, and choosing a tool with a distinctive change mechanism. Based on this discussion, a spectrum of six generic policy tools have been provided and illustrated with examples: (1) equipping policy subjects to perform behavior, (2) banning misbehavior, (3) dis/incentivizing addressees to behave in a certain way, (4) informing to raise the awareness about need for compliance, (5) boosting, and (6) nudging towards desired behavior.
Author Karol Olejniczak (Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych w Warszawie)
Karol Olejniczak,,
- Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych w Warszawie
, Paweł Śliwowski
Paweł Śliwowski,,
, Frans Leeuw
Frans Leeuw,,
Journal seriesJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis, [Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice], ISSN 1387-6988, e-ISSN 1572-5448, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets1.1
Keywords in Englishpolicy instruments; behavioral insights; policy design aids; tools typology; comparative framework; change mechanisms
ASJC Classification3312 Sociology and Political Science; 3321 Public Administration
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)70
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.184; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.862 (2) - 2017=1.778 (5)
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