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The Growth of Knowledge as Grounds Against Paternalism

Clydesdale, Greg

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This paper considers the significance of the growth of knowledge for the efficacy of paternalistic intervention. Three cases are examined. The first is government intervention in the consumption of fatty food. Second is the evolution of knowledge that occurred after a law mandated the use of cycle helmets. The third examines information flows that characterised the smoking debate. This paper argues that although knowledge continues to evolve, inertia, path dependency and expert bias can impede...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorClydesdale, Greg
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-11T02:01:37Z
dc.date.available2020-09-11T02:01:37Z
dc.identifier.issn13221833
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/209958
dc.description.abstractThis paper considers the significance of the growth of knowledge for the efficacy of paternalistic intervention. Three cases are examined. The first is government intervention in the consumption of fatty food. Second is the evolution of knowledge that occurred after a law mandated the use of cycle helmets. The third examines information flows that characterised the smoking debate. This paper argues that although knowledge continues to evolve, inertia, path dependency and expert bias can impede the removal of paternalistic laws that do not raise welfare but continue to restrict individual agency.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherANU Press
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourceAgenda - A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform
dc.titleThe Growth of Knowledge as Grounds Against Paternalism
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume24
dc.date.issued2017-11
local.publisher.urlhttps://press.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusMetadata only
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage49
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage73
local.identifier.doi10.22459/AG.24.01.2017.04
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access via publisher website
CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)

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