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Social Policy After the Financial Crisis

A Progressive Response

Ian Greener

Incorporating insights from political economy and behavioural psychology, this radical book provides an up-to-date account of the dilemmas facing social policy this decade: where did we go wrong, and what we can do about it?
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Chapter 4: Who are we? Why the Enlightenment model of who we are won’t do

Ian Greener


This chapter explores human behaviour, taking into account what we have learned from behavioural research of the last 30 years, and so presents a framework for considering our behaviour in relation to economic and social policy that is rather different from the Enlightenment model upon which much economic and social policymaking is based. It presents us as being flawed individuals across a range of dimensions, and argues that these flaws much be taken into account in policymaking.

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