Seminar: Public Policies and Private Behaviors: Tapping “Moral Resources”

Democratic Governance

via Ash Center

Next Monday right before the class, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation will invite Professor Claus Offe to give a talk about the distinction of three mechanisms by which public policies can reach their goals: laws and their enforcement through (the threat of) coercive sanctions, mechanisms of taxing and spending which appeal to the rational interest of policy target actors, and finally “soft” mechanisms of appealing to social and moral norms.

Public Policies and Private Behaviors: Achieving Policy Goals through the Tapping of “Moral Resources”
February 22: 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
124 Mount Auburn, (map)
Suite 200N, Room 226

Professor Offe will focus on two questions: Is it right to assume that policy issues that can only be addressed by soft mechanisms are becoming more prevalent and, if so, how could this be explained? What are the cognitive and motivational premises of successful policies of persuasion?

Claus Offe teaches political sociology at the Hertie School of Governance. He completed his PhD. at the University of Frankfurt and his habilitation at the University of Konstanz. In Germany, he has held chairs for political science and political sociology at the Universities of Bielefeld (1975-1989) and Bremen (1989-1995), as well as at the Humboldt-University of Berlin (1995-2005). He has worked as fellow and visiting professor at, among others, the Institutes for Advanced Study in Stanford, Princeton, and the Australian National University as well as Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and the New School University, New York.

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