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Tags "do-gooder" programs

Tag: "do-gooder" programs

Carrots and sticks in smart combination

There has been a lot of debate recently about 'carrots' versus 'sticks' policy approaches in fields where governments are attempting to change individuals' behaviour. The principle of open court offers an unusual opportunity for direct observation of a carrots and sticks program in action, or at least of one facet of it, in the case of the SMART Court. There is also a lot of cynicism in the community about so-called "do-gooder" programs. Here is one that gives cause for optimism and it's worth considering its features and thinking about whether there are lessons here for programs in other fields and a case for this one to be expanded.

KIERAN FINNANE comments.

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