[PAST EVENT] Human Nature and Public Policy: Behavioral Foundations and Policy Studies

March 23, 2012
Boswell Hall (formerly Morton Hall), Room 20
100 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
"Human nature is the raw material from which public policies are built. Without a proper understanding of the basics of human cognitive architectures, even the most sophisticated model of policy processes will fail. Moreover, without this understanding, policy designs will be flawed. For the most part, major approaches to public policy processes have adopted a model of human nature based in Herb Simon's concepts of bounded and behavioral rationalities. I explore the development of these connections, and show how these connections have influenced the development of policy studies. I briefly explore implications for policy design."

Professor Jones' research and teaching focus on the study of public policy processes, American governing institutions, and the connection between human decision-making and organizational behavior. In 2003, he won the Herbert A. Simon Award for Contributions to the Study of Public Administration. At the University of Texas he co-directs the Policy Agendas Project, which is the major resource for examining changes in public policy processes in American national institutions. The project is the model for similar projects in Denmark, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Canada and the State of Pennsylvania. Jones' book Agendas and Instability in American Politics (co-authored with Frank Baumgartner, 1993) won the 2001 Aaron Wildavsky Award for Enduring Contribution to the Study of Public Policy of the American Political Science Association's Public Policy Section. His other books include Politics and the Architecture of Choice (2001), Reconceiving Decision-Making in Democratic Politics (1994), The Politics of Attention (co-authored with Frank Baumgartner, 2005) and The Politics of Bad Ideas (co-authored with Walt Williams, 2008). You can read more about him here:


All are welcome to attend.

Reception to follow in Morton 140.

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