Cass Sunstein, the Harvard regulation professor identified for bringing behavioral science to bear on public coverage (to not point out for writing a best-seller about “Star Wars”), has gained Norway’s Holberg Prize, which is awarded yearly to a scholar who has made excellent contributions to analysis within the arts, humanities, the social sciences, regulation or theology.
In its quotation, the committee praised Mr. Sunstein, who has printed 48 books and lots of of scholarly articles, for work that has “reshaped our understanding of the connection between the fashionable regulatory state and constitutional regulation.” He’s additionally, it famous, “by far essentially the most cited authorized scholar in america and doubtless the world.” The prize comes with a monetary award of 6 million Norwegian kroner (about $765,000).
Mr. Sunstein, 63, who served within the Obama administration as the top of the White Home Workplace of Data and Regulatory Affairs, has had direct affect on the earth of politics and coverage. He scored a best-seller in 2009 with “Nudge: Enhancing Selections About Well being, Wealth and Happiness,” written with Richard H. Thaler, which has been consulted by policymakers around the globe. In “Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide,” launched in October, Mr. Sunstein examined the historical past and authorized points surrounding what he calls “the final word civic authority.”
As for intergalactic considerations, he lined that subject in “The World Based on Star Wars” (2016), which used the movie franchise as a lens onto questions of faith, politics, household, morality and extra (whereas additionally, some critics complained, making a silly effort to rank the assorted installments).
In a press release, Mr. Sunstein summed up his work as addressing “the right way to promote enduring constitutional beliefs — freedom, dignity, equality, self-government, the rule of regulation — below modern circumstances, which embrace giant bureaucracies that generally promote, and generally threaten, these beliefs.”
Past winners of the Holberg Prize embrace the British thinker Onora O’Neill, the American literary scholar Stephen Greenblatt and the French sociologist Bruno Latour.