"The 'libertarian paternalism' theory promises to use the state to help correct citizens' wrong decisions without asking their consent, yet also without truly entering the realm of coercion. Too good to be true? Indeed it is, as this book helps to show. Mark White gives us the sort of analysis we need to nudge back." - Walter Olson, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, USA
"The Manipulation of Choice states that paternalists impose their own values and goals onto hapless consumers and citizens. Hence, public policies designed to correct the imperfections of behavioral irrationality are coercive. This is an important point and one that needs to be debated." - Jonathan B. Wight, Professor of Economics and International Studies, University of Richmond, USA
"An important book on a timely topic. The Manipulation of Choice is an accessible book that is especially well suited for students. But it is also a welcome challenge to a currently fashionable theory that libertarians and paternalists alike should read with pleasure. Mark White . . . challenges the moral foundations of the entire research program." - The Independent Review
"The work is a solid, compelling read for anyone interested in a concise but comprehensive account of the case against libertarian paternalism and its theoretical foundations. In the course of battling libertarian paternalism and its underlying theories, White simultaneously builds a positive case for individual freedom in defence of more traditional, non-paternalistic paradigms of libertarian philosophy and economics." - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics
About the Author
Mark D. White is the Chair of the Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island, a previous Palgrave author (Accepting the Invisible Hand: Market-Based Approaches to Social-Economic Problems, 2010), and the series editor of Palgrave's 'Perspectives from Social Economics' series. At his Psychology Today blog 'Maybe It's Just Me, But…,' he writes about a wide range of topics, from adultery and self-loathing to more esoteric topics in philosophy and law, regularly draws thousands of readers. He also provides scholarly commentary on the Economics and Ethics group blog, discussion of comics and philosophy at The Comics Professor, and offers law-related perspective as a guest blogger at The Literary Table. His website is http://www.profmdwhite.com and he can found on Twitter at @profmdwhite.