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

Julian Le Grand

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780199266999
eISBN:
9780191600869
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199266999.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

Can we rely on the public service ethos to deliver high quality public services? Are professionals such as doctors and teachers really public‐spirited altruists—knights—or self‐interested ... More


Social Justice and the Welfare State: Institutional Problems

Raymond Plant

in The Neo-liberal State

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199281756
eISBN:
9780191713040
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281756.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Theory

One of the central themes of this chapter is the neo‐liberal critique of the ‘public service ethic’ which it has been thought by Social Democratic thinkers as the main way in which the ... More


Modernization, Privatization, and the Public Service Ethos in the United Kingdom

Maria Koumenta

in Employment in the Lean Years: Policy and Prospects for the Next Decade

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199605439
eISBN:
9780191806803
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199605439.003.0014
Subject:
Business and Management, Political Economy

This chapter examines whether there is a public service ‘ethos’ that contributes to the quality of public services. It looks at recent attempts to change its orientation to become more ... More


The Neo-liberal State

Raymond Plant

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199281756
eISBN:
9780191713040
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281756.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Theory

This book has two central aims. The first is to give a fair, comprehensive, and analytical account of the central features of the neo‐liberal view about the role and limits of the state in the modern ... More


Knights and Knaves in the Public Sector: What Do We Mean and What Do We Know?

Julian Le Grand

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

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780199266999
eISBN:
9780191600869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199266999.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

Formulates more precisely what is meant by ‘knights’ and ‘knaves’, and examines the empirical evidence concerning the existence of different kinds of motivation in the public sector. It concludes, ... More


Ethos and values

Marjorie Mayo, Gerald Koessl, Matthew Scott, and Imogen Slater

in Access to justice for disadvantaged communities

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781447311027
eISBN:
9781447311034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447311027.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

Chapter three opens by focussing upon debates on ethics and values with a particular focus on debates on the public service ethos and whether this is being undermined by public service modernisation ... More


Whitehall wars: protecting civil-service impartiality

David Hine and Gillian Peele

in The regulation of standards in British public life: Doing the right thing?

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780719097133
eISBN:
9781526109873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097133.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The chapter examines the ethical systems in place for regulating the civil service. It analyses a range of linked issues about the politicization of civil-service appointments and it explores the ... More


Social justice and the welfare state

Marjorie Mayo, Gerald Koessl, Matthew Scott, and Imogen Slater

in Access to justice for disadvantaged communities

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781447311027
eISBN:
9781447311034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447311027.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

Chapter one outlines the history of varying approaches to social citizenship and the welfare state, exploring the different perspectives that underpin these debates. This sets the context for ... More


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