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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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Motivation and the Policy Context

Motivation and the Policy Context

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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:10.1093/0199266999.003.0003

Considers the impact of the policy context on motivation, asking whether individuals’ motivations are independent of the context in which they operate or whether they are in fact deeply affected by that context. Do market‐oriented policies, such as the introduction of financial incentives for previously voluntary activities such as blood donation, corrupt? Do they turn knights into knaves? Alternatively, does government corrupt—or lead to moral atrophy? The answers are somewhat surprising, with both markets and governments devaluing knightly motivations on occasion but at other times rewarding or revaluing it.

Keywords:   altruism, blood donation, financial incentives, markets, moral atrophy, motivation, self‐interest

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