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Timing Behaviour Change

By Rhys Jones It strikes me that there is some academic effort being put into understanding the history or, alternatively, the timing of Behaviour Change. An effort has been made to trace the beginnings of behavioural economics during the 1950s and 1960s, in many ways the academic underpinning of Behaviour Change theory. Similarly, the growing […]

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Policy transfer and the Australian experience of Behaviour Change

By Rhys Jones Sitting in a hotel lobby in Sydney after an inordinately early breakfast – blame the jetlag – I’m starting to get to grips with the Australian experience of Behaviour Change interventions. The Australian Public Services Commission’s 2007 document, Changing Behaviour: A Public Policy Perspective, makes clear the potential role that Behaviour Change […]

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Wiki-Glossary: (Re)Defining the Rational

This latest entry into our Wiki-Glossary is the product of the problematic encounters we regularly have with the notion of the rational. In behaviour change circles the notion of the rational is a consistent topic of debate and a key policy goal. Our sense, however, is that as a term it is at best shrouded […]

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Tax and the Path to Inner Peace

The UK Goverment’s HM Revenue and Customs are currently running a new marketing camapaign. The campaign has been designed to promote the timely completion of self-assessment tax returns and payments. What is interesting about the campaign is that in addition to emphazing the rational threat of the £100 fine that faces those who are late […]

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States, Languages and Behaviour Change

Professor Rhys Jones States have always had somewhat of a contradictory relationship with languages.  For much of the modern period, states were concerned with promoting a homogeneity of form and function, not least in relation to language.  The attempt made by the French state to promote the langue d’oil of the Ile de France, at […]

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Behaviour Change and Public Debate

By Professor Rhys Jones I was recently invited to partake in a public debate on behaviour change and nudging, organised by the Sheffield Salon.  A series of academics and social commentators presented their general views on behaviour change before being quizzed, in a Question Time format, on different themes that were of concern to the […]

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Chris Baker on Spiritual Capital

We asked Chris Baker of the University of Chester and the William Temple Foundation to reflect on the notion of spiritual capital. We feel that the notion of spiritual capital has much to contribute to discussions about psychological capital and Mindfulness. Here are Chris’s thoughts: Spiritual capital is a newish term and mirrors the growing […]

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Simple(r) – A Review

Simple(r), the Future of Government, by Cass R. Sunstein New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013,  x + 260 pp, $26.00 hardback, ISBN 978-1-4767-2659-5 This review has been written by Kayleigh van Oorschot of the Netherlands School of Public Administration. Kayleigh is on our Project Steering Committee and is also a co-author of the excellent report ‘Choice Architecture’ Cass Sunstein’s […]

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On Psychological Capital

The idea of psychological capital is becoming an important concept in our work. Here is our first attempt at developing a reasonably comprehensible definition of the term: Psychological Capital phrase (sometimes referred to through the abbreviation PsyCap). The idea of psychological capital is a relatively new term. The term is most closely associated with the […]

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Changing Behaviours @ the Sheffield Salon

On 7th November Rhys Jones participated in the Sheffield Salon debate, ‘Nanny, Nudger or Therapist.’ The debate went well, and Rhys’ powers of rhetoric were put to very good use.

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