Luc Bovens

Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy 


"Should the Wise Pay the Price of Paternalism" Behavioural Public Policy Blog. 11 Oct 2017 PDF


'The Ethics of Dieselgate' Midwest Studies in Philosophy 40(1): 262-83 2016 PDF


'Don't Mess with my Smokes: Cigarettes and Freedom' American Journal of Bioethics 16(7): 15-17 2016 PDF


'Selection under Uncertainty: Affirmative Action at Shortlisting Stage' Mind, 125 (498): 421-37. This paper was chosen as one of the ten best articles published in philosohy in 2016 by the Philosopher's Annual. PDF Link 


'Refugee Quotas across the EU: A More Reasonable Distribution Key for Refugee Quotas', VoxEurop Blog. (Jan 2016) (with Anna Bartsch) Link

 'Why the Refugee Quota System is Unfair on Poorer Eastern and Southern EU States', LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog.  (Oct 2015) (with Anna Bartsch) Link


'Nudging the Pub: A Change in Choice Architecture Can Help Pub-Goers Drink Less', LSE Business Review Blog. (Sep 2015) Link


'The Tragedy of the Commons as a Voting Game', In M. Peterson (ed.) The Prisoner's Dilemma, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2015 PDF


'Concerns for the Poorly Off in Ordering Risky Prospects', Economics and Philosophy (forthcoming), PDF


'Evaluating Risky Prospects: the Distribution View', Analysis, 75(2): 243-53 (2015) PDF 


'Child euthanasia: should we just not talk about it?' Journal of Medical Ethics 2015;41(8): 630-634. Published Online First: 10 March 2015doi:10.1136/medethics-2014-102329 PDF


'Contrary to the claims of German politicians, Germany is not taking on more than its fair share of refugees'

LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (Dec 2014) (with Jane von Rabenau) Link


'Germany is accepting less than its fair share of refugees, while official data have also overestimated the number of refugees living in the country', LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (Apr 2014) (with Jane von Rabenau), PDF/Link


'Why Couldn't I be Nudged to Dislike a Big Mac?', Journal of Medical Ethics, 39: 495-6 (2013), PDF/Link


‘A Response to Prelec', Essays in Behavioural Public Policy. Adam Oliver (Ed.), Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press (2013) PDF/Link


‘Minimizing the threat of a positive majority deficit in two-tier voting systems with equipopulous units’, Public Choice, 145 (1-2): 75-94 (2013) (with Claus Beisbart) PDF/Link


'De verantwoordelijkheid van de overheid ten aanzien van gedragssturende beleidsinstrumenten voor verduurzaming' In: Duurzame gedragspatronen.  Essays.  Ethische aspecten van gedragsbeinvloeding door de overheid voor verduurzaming van de samenleving.  Raad voor Leefomgeving en Infrastructuur.  The Hague (Netherlands), 66-78. (In Dutch) Link


'Why Couldn't I be Nudged to Dislike a Big Mac?', Journal of Medical Ethics, 39: 495-6 (2013), PDF/Link


‘Evaluating Life or Death Prospects’, Economics and Philosophy, 28 (2): 217–49 (2012)
(with Marc Fleurbaey), PDF/Link


‘Real Nudge’, European Journal of Risk Regulation, 3 (1): 43–6 (2012), PDF/Link


‘A Lockean Defence of Grandfathering Emission Rights’, The Ethics of Global Climate Change. Denis Arnold (ed.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 124–44 (2010), PDF/Link

‘Nudges and Cultural Variance: a Note on Selinger and Whyte’, Knowledge, Technology and Policy, 23: 4836 (2010), PDF/Link 


‘Can the Church agree to condom use by HIV-discordant couples’, Journal of Medical Ethics, 35: 7436 (2009), PDF/Link


‘Factions in Rousseau’s Du Contrat Social and Federal Representation’, Analysis, 67: 1220 (2007), (with Claus Beisbart), PDF/Link


‘The Rhythm Method and Embryonic Death’, Journal of Medical Ethics, 32: 35556 (2006), PDF/Link, reviewed in the New York Times, June 13, 2006, Link


‘The Ethics of Nudge’, Preference Change: Approaches from Philosophy, Economics and Psychology. Ed. by Till Grüne-Yanoff and S.O. Hansson. Berlin and New York: Springer, Theory and Decision Library A, Chapter 10: 207220 (2008), Doc/PDF/Link


‘Rawls on Mutual Disinterest and Hume's Subjective Circumstances of Justice’, Archiv fur Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie, 80: 203207 (1994), PDF


‘Affirmative Action a Polish Example?’, Newsletter (The Center for Values and Social Policy) (Fall 1991), reprinted in SOLOMON, R.C. (1994) Above the Bottom Line - an Introduction to Business Ethics (Harcourt, Fort Worth), 337339, PDF


Book Review. Gauthier, D. Morals by Agreement. Theory and Decision, 23: 21360 (1987)