Part of the core mission of the Behavioral Science and Policy Association is to bridge the divide between behavioral scientists, policy makers, practitioners, and the public. That mission is nicely embodied in the person of David Brooks, Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, and author, most recently, of The Road to Character. Brooks is a well-informed consumer of behavioral science and actively shares his discoveries with a broad range of audiences, including in columns such as “In Praise of Small Miracles” and “The Unexamined Society.”
So that promising ideas and initiatives don’t get unnecessarily bogged down in partisanship, it is particularly valuable to get a fresh perspective on how to make behaviorally informed policy successful in the political realm from such a highly regarded political commentator.
Brooks was recently kind enough to speak to policyshop about some of these issues: