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How to Nudge Better in Public Policy

Opinion  -  Ong Qiyan

Behavioural nudges will only improve public outcomes if the principles for their successful use–including individual choice–are followed closely.

Policymaking for Real People

Review  -  Tan Yeling

An understanding of how human biases affect economic decision-making can significantly improve the design of public policy. A new book authored by Singapore’s policymakers explains.

Thinking About the Future: What the Public Service Can Do

Article  -  Peter Ho

How can the Public Service overcome cognitive and institutional hindrances to anticipating strategic surprises? In the following excerpt from his 2009 Strategic Perspectives Conference keynote address, Head of Civil Service Peter Ho charts the way forward.

The Hidden Costs of Behavioural Interventions

Opinion  -  Ong Qiyan, Walter Theseira

Too many small nudges could lead to big problems, argue two social scientists in Singapore.

Thinking through Complexity, Managing for Uncertainty

Article  -  Lam Chuan Leong

Our thinking is less rational than we'd like to believe, but can we learn to outsmart our own cognitive biases?

The Digital Social Contract and e-Legitimacy

Opinion  -  Max Everest-Phillips

New institutions are needed to manage both the potential and risks of digital technologies that will reshape our societies and how they are governed.

Mindful Choice-Making: Interview with Eric Johnson

Interview  -  Eric Johnson

A behavioural insights veteran wants to make it easier for people to make the right informed choices for themselves.

Randomised Controlled Trials in Policymaking

Article  -  Sharon Tham, Do Hoang Van Khanh

Controlled trials can bring rigour to the process of determining what works — and what does not — in public policy.

Services 4.0: A New Wave of Innovation and Partnerships

Article  -  Jane Lim

Emerging technologies promise new service possibilities—but organisations need to understand how best to embrace, apply and develop them to advance their goals.

'Nudging' Singapore to be Cleaner and Greener

Article  -  Jason Boh

Carefully chosen and tested behavioural interventions can complement traditional policy tools in cultivating more environmentally friendly habits and actions.