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Motivation, Agency, and Public PolicyOf Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens$
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Julian Le Grand

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266999

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199266999.001.0001

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

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

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(p.23) 2 Knights and Knaves in the Public Sector: What Do We Mean and What Do We Know?
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Motivation, Agency, and Public Policy
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Julian Le Grand (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199266999.003.0002

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, unsurprisingly, that both self‐interested and altruistic motivations exist among the people working in public services and, more interestingly, that altruistic motivations often require that the individual himself or herself performs the relevant act.

Keywords:   altruism, motivation, public sector, public service ethos, public services, self‐interest

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