ISBN-10:
0199298912
ISBN-13:
9780199298914
Pub. Date:
08/24/2006
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Motivation, Agency, and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens

Motivation, Agency, and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens

by Julian Le Grand

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Motivation, Agency, and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens

The long awaited paperback edition of this provocative and influential book has been updated to include a postscript containing a number of articles and critiques raising issues not addressed in the hardback edition. The author concludes this edition with an insightful afterword in which he addresses the points raised in the articles and book reviews, bringing the book up-to-date. Can we rely on the altruism of professionals or the public service ethos to deliver good quality health and education services? And how should patients, parents, and pupils behave-as grateful recipients or active consumers?

This book provides answers to these questions-a milestone in the analysis and development of public policy, from one of the leading thinkers in the field. It provides a new perspective on policy design, emphasising the importance of analysing the motivation of professionals and others who work within the public sector, and both their and public service beneficiaries' capacity for agency or independent action. This groundbreaking book uses a detailed empirical examination of policies in health services, education, social security and taxation to illustrate how policies can be designed to give the proper balance of motivation and agency. It puts forward proposals for policy reform, several of which either originated with the author or with which he has been closely associated.

About the Author:
Julian Le Grand is Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199298914
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/24/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Julian Le Grand is the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, a Founding Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences and a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund. He has acted as an advisor and consultant to the World Bank, the European Commission, the World Health Organisation, The Cabinet Office at No.10 Downing Street, HM Treasury, the UK Departments of Health and Social Security and the National Audit Office on health policy, welfare policy and social exclusion. He is the author, co-author or editor of twelve books and over ninety articles and book chapters on public policy, including health.

Table of Contents


List of Figures     xvi
Introduction: Motivation, Agency, and Public Policy     1
Theory: Of Knights and Knaves
Knights and Knaves in the Public Sector: What Do We Mean and What Do We Know?     23
Motivation and the Policy Context     39
A Theory of Public Service Motivation     51
Theory: Of Pawns and Queens
Agency and Public Services     73
Agency and Public Finance     85
Policy
Health Care     95
School Education     107
A Demogrant     120
Partnership Savings     137
Hypothecation     147
Epilogue: Doux Commerce Publique     163
Postscript     169
References     209
Index     225

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