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Behavioural insights throughout the EU policy cycle

This figure from the article How Can Behavioural Insights Be Used to Improve EU Policy? by Xavier Troussard and René van Bavel shows how behavioural insights are utilised in the EU policy cycle. At the initial stages of policy preparation, they can help identify and better understand the issue or problem. At the implementation stage, they can be embedded into EU policy instruments. And at the final stage, application, they can be used to nudge behaviour directly. While the first two stages apply to EU processes, the third one requires cooperation with other authorities and actors.