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Three Types of Policy Intervention

Scoop's ambition is to generate insights for evidence based policy advice and interventions. Three types of interventions can be distinguised.

Behavioral interventions influence individual motives. Some of these policy interventions draw on the assumption that citizens make rational calculations, and will comply with the rules if such behavior yields a net personal benefit. Others assume that individuals often cooperate because they have been socialized to believe this is “the right thing to do”. Activation of such obligations will often lead to moral behavior. Yet other interventions assume that individuals can be made to cooperate because “it feels good” or because they are put in a good or particularly bad mood.

Structural interventions change the opportunities and constraints for individual actions. For example, new tax regulations can lead to the abolishment of certain deductions.

Procedural interventions change the mechanisms through which individual actions are systematically transformed into (collective) outcomes.

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