Articles by Clareta Treger

February 25, 2022

The public wants the government to protect them from themselves – sometimes

Clareta Treger
In a study of public attitudes towards government paternalism, Clareta Treger finds that, when it comes to their own safety and health, individuals prefer coercive government policies over nudges that steer them towards welfare-enhancing behaviour. This should be taken into consideration when devising strategies to mitigate COVID-19 and future crises.
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Clareta Treger
Postdoctoral Fellow, Policy, Elections, and Representation Lab, Munk School for Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

Clareta studies the political behaviour of citizens and politicians using surveys and experiments.

Her research focuses on the determinants of attitudes toward government intervention, with an emphasis on preferences for coercive and paternalistic policies.

Her work has been published in Public Opinion Quarterly, Regulation & Governance, and European Political Science.


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