Journal article

The micropolitics of behavioural interventions: a new materialist analysis

Nick J Fox, Elise Klein

BIOSOCIETIES | PALGRAVE MACMILLAN LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Behavioural approaches are increasingly used in both the global North and South as means to effect government policy. These interventions aim to encourage preferred behaviours by subtly shaping choices, applying incentives or employing punitive measures. Recent digital technology developments extend the reach of these behavioural approaches. While these approaches have been criticised from political science perspectives, in this paper we apply an innovative mode of analysis of behavioural policy approaches founded in a ‘new materialist’ ontology of affects, assemblages and capacities. This perspective enables us to explore their ‘micropolitical’ impact—on those who are their subjects, but al..

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