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Visiting Fellow Cass Sunstein shares insights from his forthcoming book, Simpler: The Future of Government, which focuses on how government can be more. Cass R. Sunstein led many of these changes as administrator for the In his new book, Simpler: The Future of Government, Sunstein talks. Introduction The Cockpit of the Regulatory State. This is a book about making things simpler. In particular, it is about how governments can be.

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Following the advice in Happier at Home I am abandoning trying to finish this book because it really isn’t adding to my enjoyment of the world. Government became simpler, it became smarter. Other times, he explains how he applied his philosophy articulated in Nudge: Apr 12, Vanessa rated it liked it.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Buy this book, then read the beginning of Chapter 4 suntsein provides a hilarious send-up of how ineffective the government’s food pyramid was it is funnier when you can actually see the figure: I wish Simpler had more anecdotes and stories from the inside, but other than that, a very satisfying read.

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Sunstein’s book prompted me to write an Article for my local paper. Distracted driving is currently a problem. Jun 12, Chris rated it really liked it. Apr cqss, Jim Davis rated it really liked it Shelves: Government gets bigger and more complicated.

Simpler: The Future of Government

Speaking of snustein look-back, I wanted to ask you about whether there were any initiatives you led while at OIRA that you feel were failures, at least to some degree? As former Director of OIRA Sunstein argues for the increased use of behavioral economics research to promote sunstdin new regulatory regime in government based on a preference for “nudges” over mandates, penalties, and fines.


And I still think that Sunstein’s approach to regulation is the right one.

Published April 9th by Simon Schuster first published April 1st Price may vary by retailer. This fantastic book, from a magnificent scholar turned a master of this world, restored my faith in what governments really do, and more importantly in what a smart government could do to help citizens live better, more fulfilled lives.

Nov 07, Malin Friess rated it it was ok. Jun 16, Fred Kohn rated it liked it Shelves: One thing that was missing from Sunstein’s book was more on how legislation could be drafted to require empirical and retrospective review of required regulations and Sunstein’s book prompted me to write an Article for my local paper.

It’s valuable as a window into what the first Obama administration was doing in terms of government regulations, and the different ways regulations can be structured. There are questions to be asked on the regulatory front about nutritional labeling and calorie labeling. To see how much different players and different strategies are likely to contribute to winning.

Just [recently], the Department of Health and Human Services announced a radically simplified form. For instance, the magazine company gave you free 6 months subscription and had a default opt in rule after that. The problem is that when we don’t trust our traditional sources of evidence, then folks like Rush and whoever is our favorite blogger of the moment become our sources.

I gave this book a 4 star rating mostly because I think it’s something people should read. Sunstein found ingenious ways to protect citizens and nudge corporate behavior while maximizing freedom and business opportunity.


As we will see, initiatives of this kind can be used not only by governments all over the world but by countless private organizations as well, including businesses large and small, and indeed by all of us in our daily lives.

Much of the book explores the role of ‘behavioural economics’ and is based on Sunstein’s earlier book ‘Nudge’.

He explains how and why—and what comes next. Refresh and try again. He doesn’t mention part of that is because it’s the government’s job to treat people fairly, so you can’t force some people to follow a new regulation and not others, but maybe that’s assumed.

But in this fine book, Sunstein provides a glimpse into how we can tame the complexity beast and why it is important, even necessary if we want to improve our collective welfare.

Jul 16, Zoe Xiuha rated it it was ok Sustein Wharton operations and information management sunsteni Katherine L.

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Republic Cass R Sunstein. Here’s a guidebook by someone who did it. Cass Sunstein has been at the forefront of modern regulatory theory, and his recent stint in the Obama administration gave him the power to put a lot of cxss theories into action.

Mar 07, Frank rated it liked it Shelves: You also mentioned, in your book, tax simplification as a major challenge that you hoped would be tackled in the future by Congress and OIRA. The Future of Government discusses Cass R.