Title: Two converging paths: behavioural sciences and social marketing for better policies
Authors: DESSART FRANÇOIS JACQUESVAN BAVEL RENE
Citation: JOURNAL OF SOCIAL MARKETING vol. 7 no. 4 p. 355-365
Publisher: EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD.
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC106235
ISSN: 2042-6763
URI: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JSOCM-04-2017-0027
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC106235
DOI: 10.1108/JSOCM-04-2017-0027
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This commentary argues that social marketing and the application of behavioural sciences to policy constitute two converging paths towards better policies. It highlights points of convergence and divergence between both disciplines and the potential benefits of further embedding social marketing principles and methods within the recent trend of applying behavioural sciences to policy. Design/methodology/approach – The commentary relies on a review of the behavioural sciences and social marketing literatures and on an analysis of institutional reports reviewing cases of behaviourally informed policies. Findings – Behavioural sciences are increasingly informing policies to promote societal well-being. Social marketing has seldom been explicitly considered as being part of this phenomenon, although it is de facto. Both disciplines share similar end-goals, inform similar policy applications and are rooted in behavioural analysis. They diverge in their theoretical frameworks, their relative emphasis on behaviour change and the span of interventions they generate. Several benefits of embedding social marketing principles and methods within the current way of applying behavioural sciences to policy are identified. Practical implications – Scholars applying behavioural sciences to policy are encouraged, when appropriate, to use the insights and methods from social marketing. Social marketing can engage in a dialogue with behavioural sciences to explore how to pilot the convergence of both approaches in practice. Originality/value – The novelty of this contribution lies in providing the first comparison of the application of behavioural sciences to policy with social marketing, and in using the policy-making cycle framework to map the contributions and complementarities of both disciplines.
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