Sustainable Behavioral Governance: Responsive Regulation for Innovation

  • Kilian BizerEmail author
  • Martin Führ


In a democratic society the transition towards sustainable development is not a question of “command and control” policy, rather it depends on the mobilization of proactive contributions from a broad range of different actors. Thus, the regulatory concept has to be designed as “responsive regulation”, based on an inclusive perspective on behavior to cover all relevant aspects in the context of regulation and innovation.

The article offers as a methodological approach to the regulatory choice problem the homo oeconomicus institutionalis and describes its function in the context of sustainable development. The application is highlighted in a case study of risk communication in the field of nanomaterials and chemical substances. Responsive regulation as behavioral governance aims to support regulators and the public at large in addressing the regulatory choice problems related to challenges on the path to sustainable development.


Institutional analysis Sustainability policy Behavioral economics Innovation Responsive regulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Economic SciencesGeorg-August-Universität Göttingen, Research Group Interdisciplinary Institutional Analysis (sofia)GöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Social and Cultural SciencesUniversity of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Research Group Interdisciplinary Institutional Analysis (sofia)DarmstadtGermany

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