Smart Government

Accessibility to government services is simplified by the use of plain language, and nudging as a simple and low-cost approach is applied as a form of soft paternalism to influence citizen behavior in interaction with government while preserving individual freedom. Retrospective analyses are conducted to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of bills, cost-benefit evaluations of government activity replace the precautionary principle ( the approach of exercising caution before plunging into new innovations which may prove to be disastrous, which can sometimes hinder progress) to strengthen evidence-based decision making, and make more room for citizen discretion and government experimentation.

Proponents: Cass Sunstein

For further interest on this topic:

Reason for intervention

Institutional impact

Governance level



Legitimacy decision