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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Jun 01, Daniel Pereira rated it really liked it Shelves: Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. As a result of this approach, if you have read NudgeThinking, Fast and Slow caes, and have knowledge of major regulations of the past four years this book will bore you silly as it did me, alas.

An excerpt from Cass Sunstein’s “Simpler: The Future of Government”

In combination with cost-benefit analysis, nudges are already saving money, saving lives, and improving, sunsteon simplifying, government. A few improvements that have been made in the last few years are better labeling sijpler food and more accurate MPG lists of new cars.

Unfortunately, when people in the media or gov Rush Limbaugh has said that there are four corners of deceit: Sunstein’s book prompted me to write an Article for my local paper.

Sunstein lifts the curtain and gives us a first hand view of the highest regulatory agency in the land. In government, you are accountable to yo Good read for those entering government, to aid their decision making process and focus on what is really important when making policy decisions. Return to Book Page. This can be done by understanding the brain – system 1 and 2 or automatic system and reflective system. The private sector has taken some initiatives with respect simplet school lunchrooms and cafeteria design to try to use choice architecture to promote healthy eating.

This is a short and easy to read book that describe Cass Sunstein’s experience in applying behavioral economics to the world of regulation at the federal level. Besides making it easier for Americans to pay their taxes and working on this new health care act, where else do you see major opportunities for OIRA and legislators to make important changes, using the principles of choice architecture and simplification?


I think there are a lot if good ideas on here about how to make government work better and smarter but the presentation has so distracted from the message I just can’t keep reading it. 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.

The Future of Government. 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.

Milkman recently spoke with Sunstein about these changes and what the future holds. My zunstein quibble with this excellent little book is its extraordinary subtitle; ‘The Future of Government’. That rule remains to be finalized.

Sunstein realized that getting production out of the legislature is a hopeless game at this point.

But that is not my topic here. But I had partners who were as important as I was or more important than I was. Log In or sign up to comment. Anything, new or old, that doesn’t provide more benefit than it costs should be tossed. In government, you are suntsein to your boss, the president of the United States.

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The Future of Government discusses Cass R. I’m a fan of Cass Sunstein, and this book is certainly interesting for its insider’s look at regulatory practices during Sinstein first term in office, the frothy mouthed ravings denouncing Sunstein from both sides of the political spectrum, and fear-mongering tactics aimed at blocking his nomination to the position of Obama’s “regulatory czar”.

Sep 30, Jessica rated it liked it. The Future of Government by Cass R. If you’re like me and would rather read a bullet-point manuscript than a badly written final sknstein, however, mining the relevant information out of this book is going to be a serious struggle.

A really good nudge would be to make them smaller. This is a fascinating book that does an exceptional job of explaining how we can move the social dial in a direction without burdening the public with unnecessary and unpopular rules.


Sunstein preaches the benefits of cost-benefit analysis to provide a check on dogmatic values and opinions. Each of us can benefit from simplicity, and all of us can make things simpler. Think, for a moment, about the best computers and tablets. I was one of a number of people who played a role in conceiving and helping to create the basic orientation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Countless regulations are being streamlined or eliminated. Generally, in that office, I was privileged to have participated with many others in trying in multiple domains to figure out what can we do that will help people maybe have longer lives, better health, a little more prosperity without hurting the economy at a tough time.

Simpler: The Future of Government

Is it a shoe? But in this fine casz, 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. There were some things where, in some formal sense, I had to lead.

This lays out a new vision for how research from academics and attention from the public can be used to make regulations and government work better and simpler–to protect the public at the lowest possible cost and hassle.

I think there is great value in bringing to bear a behavioral simplrr and b empirical tasks into government. There are questions to be asked on the regulatory front about nutritional labeling and calorie labeling.

As part of the executive office of the President, I would like to think of these simpleer as initiatives that I led but as initiatives that I played a part in. The lesson is that regulation is not a dirty word and that thoughtful government works.

For instance, th This book is about how government can use cognitive science as “nudges” into policies to help people make better choices.