Motivation, Agency, and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens by Julian Le GrandMotivation, Agency, and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens by Julian Le Grand

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

byJulian Le Grand

Paperback | August 11, 2006

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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 new 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 workwithin the public sector, and both their and public service beneficiaries' capacity for agency or independent action. It argues that the conventional assumption that public sector professionals are public-spirited altruists or 'knights' is misplaced; but so is the alternative that they are all, inDavid Hume's terminology, 'knaves' or self-interested egoists. We also must not assume that individual citizens are passive recipients of public services (pawns); but nor can they be untrammelled sovereigns with unrestricted choices over services and resources (queens). Instead, policies must bedesigned so as to give the proper balance of motivation and agency. The book illustrates how this can be done by detailed empirical examination of recent policies in health services, education, social security and taxation. It puts forwards proposals for policy reform, several of which either originated with the author or with which he has been closely associated:universal capital or 'demogrants', discriminating vouchers, matching grants for pensions and for long-term care, and hypothecated taxes.
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 t...
Title:Motivation, Agency, and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and QueensFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:August 11, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199298912

ISBN - 13:9780199298914


Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction: Motivation, Agency, and Public PolicyPart I: Theory: From Knave to Knight2. Knights and Knaves in the Public Sector: What do we Mean and What do we Know?3. Motivation and the Public Context4. Knight and Knave: A Theory of Public Service MotivationPart II: From Pawn to Queen5. Agency and Public Services6. Agency and Public FinancePart III: Policy7. Health Care8. School Education9. A Demogrant10. Partnership Savings11. HypothecationEpilogue: Doux Commerce PubliquePostscript: Recent developments

Editorial Reviews

`'This important book develops a number of arguments ... The book is bold and ambitious in the way that it moves from concepts to policies ... The book is also powerful and compelling in its advocacy of quasi-markets ... works best as an analysis of how the diverse motivations of welfareproviders can be channelled to ensure that benefits and services are both delivered more efficiently and become more responsive to the needs and aspirations of those who receive them.''Social Policy and Society