Luc Bovens

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Core Faculty, Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program
108B Caldwell Hall

Professor Luc Bovens is a core member of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program.  He works across a broad range of topics and issues spanning rationality, epistemology, morality and political philosophy.

Some recent Publications:


Bovens, Luc (2017) The Last Hope Part 1: A worthwhile life LSE Philosophy Blog (10 Apr 2017) Blog entry


Bovens, Luc (2016) The ethics of Dieselgate Midwest Studies In Philosophy. ISSN 1475-4975 (In Press)

Bovens, Luc (2016) Don’t mess with my smokes: cigarettes and freedom The American Journal of Bioethics, 16 (7). 15-17. ISSN 1526-5161

Bovens, Luc (2016) Selection under uncertainty: affirmative action at shortlisting stage Mind, 125 (498). 421-437. ISSN 0026-4423


Bovens, Luc (2015) The tragedy of the commons as a voting game In: Peterson, Martin, (ed.) The Prisoner’s Dilemma. Classic philosophical arguments. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 156-176. ISBN 9781107621473

Bovens, Luc and Rabinowicz, Wlodek (2015) The meaning of “darn it!” In: Hirose, Iwao and Reisner, Andrew, (eds.) Weighing and Reasoning: Themes from the Philosophy of John Broome. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 129-139. ISBN 9780199684908

Bovens, Luc (2015) Nudging the pub: a change in choice architecture can help pubgoers drink lessLSE Business Review (17 Sep 2015) Blog entry

Bovens, Luc (2015) Evaluating risky prospects: the distribution view Analysis, 75 (2). 243-253. ISSN 0003-2638

Bovens, Luc (2015) Concerns for the poorly off in ordering risky prospects Economics and Philosophy, 31 (3). 397-429. ISSN 0266-2671

Bovens, Luc and Bartsch, Anna (2015) Why the refugee quota system is unfair on poorer eastern and southern EU states LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (1 Oct 2015) Blog entry

Bovens, Luc (2015) Child euthanasia: should we just not talk about it? Journal of Medical Ethics, 41 (8). 630-634. ISSN 0306-6800


Bovens, Luc and von Rabenau, Jane (2014) Germany is accepting less than its fair share of refugees, while official data have also overestimated the number of refugees living in the countryLSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (14 Apr 2014) Blog entry

Bovens, Luc and von Rabenau, Jane (2014) Contrary to the claims of German politicians, Germany is not taking on more than its fair share of refugees LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (1 Dec 2014) Blog entry


Bovens, Luc (2013) De verantwoordelijkheid van de overheid ten aanzien van gedragssturende beleidsinstrumenten voor verduurzaming In: Duurzame Gedragspatronen Essays. Ethische aspecten van gedrags-beïnvloeding door de overheid voor verduurzaming van de samenleving. Raad voor Leefomgeving en Infrastructuur, Hague, Netherlands, 66-78.

Bovens, Luc (2013) Why couldn’t I be nudged to dislike a Big Mac? Journal of Medical Ethics, 39 (8). 495-496. ISSN 0306-6800

Bovens, Luc (2013) A response to Prelec In: Oliver, Adam, (ed.) Behavioural Public Policy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 228-233. ISBN 9781107617377

Beisbart, Claus and Bovens, Luc (2013) Minimizing the threat of a positive majority deficit in two-tier voting systems with equipopulous units Public Choice, 145 (1-2). 75-94. ISSN 0048-5829

Bovens, Luc and Sisman, Günperi (2013) Greece, Portugal, Spain and the East European states take on less than their fair share of responsibility for EU asylum seekers LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (29 Apr 2013) Blog entry


Bovens, Luc (2012) Does it matter whether a miracle-like event happens to oneself rather than to someone else? In: Chandler, J. and Harrison, V., (eds.) Probability in the Philosophy of Religion. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 64-78. ISBN 9780199604760

Bovens, Luc and Chatkupt, Chlump and Smead, Laura (2012) Measuring common standards and equal responsibility-sharing in EU asylum outcome data European Union Politics, 13 (1). 70-93. ISSN 1465-1165

Bovens, Luc (2012) Real nudge European Journal of Risk Regulation, 2012 (1). 43-46. ISSN 1867-299X

Bovens, Luc and Fleurbaey, Marc (2012) Evaluating life or death prospects Economics and Philosophy, 28 (02). 217-249. ISSN 0266-2671