Motivation, Agency, and Public Policy

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Motivation, Agency and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens
Author Julian Le Grand
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication date
Pages 208
ISBN 0-19-926699-9
OCLC 52193481

Motivation, Agency, and Public Policy is a non-fiction book written by the economist Julian Le Grand. The book, which argues in favor of increasing tax choice, was described by The Economist as "accessible – and profound" and by The Times as "one of the most stimulating books on public policy in recent years".[1][2]


In his book, Le Grand explores ways of increasing the amount of choice and competition in the public sector. This quasi-market would transform citizens from pawns to queens and "improve quality and value for money".[1] Specific policy recommendations include "demogrants" and hypothecation (earmarking).[3]


One criticism is that Le Grand's argument only has limited appeal. "Le Grand’s argument does not speak to libertarians; rejecting the welfare state, they part from him long before he calls on them to cheer for transforming service users into queens. Nor does his argument entice liberal egalitarians."[4]

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