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President Obama's Behavioural Insights Executive Order

Ruth Tarrant

12th November 2015

A few weeks ago, President Obama issued an unusual Executive Order (a presidential instruction that effectively bypasses the minefield of getting legislation through Congress). The Executive Order demanded that federal agencies (effectively like a government department) MUST use behavioural science insights when designing their policies. Upon signing the Order, President Obama said:

“Adopting the insights of behavioral science will help bring our government into the 21st century in a wide range of ways - from delivering services more efficiently and effectively; to accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy; to helping workers find better jobs, gain access to educational opportunity, and lead longer, healthier lives."

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been an enthusiastic Head of Economics and Politics for many years, having taught in a variety of schools and at university level. She is also a Senior Examiner. Ruth is passionate about boosting the quality of teaching and learning across all subjects in schools and colleges.

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