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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

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199266999
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600869 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199266999.003.0002
Knights and Knaves in the Public Sector: What Do We Mean and What Do We Know?

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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

Chapter.  8158 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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