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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That said, a lot of the actual material in the book feels like ground Sunstein already covered in Nudge. Maybe the shoeless person climbing away from simplet food?

But for the first time reader of behavioral economics – an excellent read. My only quibble with this excellent little book is its extraordinary subtitle; ‘The Future of Government’. This book is exactly what it set out be: Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover!

I explore initiatives designed to increase simplicity—some now in effect, others on the horizon, still others for the distant future. Sure, I ccass would’ve touched this had it not been required for my Poli Sci class, but if we had to read anything, I’d choose this in a heartbeat.

‘Simpler’: Cass Sunstein on the Future of Government

I want to dive in a little deeper to something you just mentioned — the new health care act as a major challenge moving forward. Sunstein’s practical view of law and regulation has always highly appealed to me.

An edited transcript of the conversation follows. It’s a pretty quick and light read, so I’d generally recommend it. Cass Sunstein has been at the forefront of modern regulatory theory, and his recent stint in the Obama administration gave him the power to put a lot of those theories into action. Do you see a need for such a group in the U.


Sep 30, Jessica rated it liked it.

I see that provision of the executive order as [being] connected with a lot of work that you and others have done that can really help people without mandating or banning anything.

He also doesn’t mention that nudges can make a key difference here in terms of providing a way to see if people are choosing in favor of the nudge or not and figuring out why to resolve whether a “nudgy” regulation is a good idea.

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I appreciated the examples used throughout the book e. This is a book about making things simpler. This book was wr I read this book with a giant simller on my face the entire time.

Michelle Obama and others in the White House have worked closely with the csss sector to try to think about what can be done together to reduce calories and reduce salt [in food]. Political opposition and voting against his appointment at OIRA.

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To ask other readers questions about Simplerplease sign up. I do appreciate his adding the distinction betwe I’m a fan of Cass Sunstein, and this book is certainly interesting for its insider’s look at regulatory practices during Obama’s first term in office, the frothy mouthed ravings denouncing Sunstein from both sides of the aunstein spectrum, and fear-mongering tactics aimed at blocking his nomination to the position of Obama’s “regulatory czar”.

There wasn’t really any new information in this book, but a good compilation of some important texts. Speaking of regulatory look-back, I wanted to ask you about whether there were any initiatives you led while at OIRA that you feel were failures, at least ximpler some degree?


New principles-democratizing data, presenting individuals and businesses with the most salient information, ensuring that the better outcome is the automatic outcome-are transforming government.

The writing, on the other hand, is terrible – csss, repetitive, self-congratulatory, and poorly organized.

Sunsttein Future of GovernmentSunstein talks about how a more streamlined government can improve health, lengthen lives and save money. I listened to it as an audio book, but I suspect that some of it is skimmable.

I do think that there are some empirical challenges that are a little technical, but are very important to meet, one of which is to get very clear on the health risks associated with particulate matter. All this was accomplished in part through the extraordinary power of nudges—low-cost, seemingly modest policies that preserve freedom of choice.

One example is on the default rule. Nov 07, Malin Friess rated it it was ok. Books by Cass R.

Simpler: The Future of Government

Appeals against simppler federal court ruling striking down the Affordable Care Act could pave the way for full-fledged health care reforms, say experts Innovation From Book to Bank: Government became simpler, it became smarter, and Cass Sunstein was at the center of it all. He makes continued csas to the book “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis which details how a baseball general manager used statistical analysis to build a winning team rather than listening to the gut instincts of his scouts.

Anything, new or old, that doesn’t provide more benefit than it costs should be tossed.