Motivation and the Policy Context

Julian Le Grand

in Motivation, Agency, and Public Policy

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199266999
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600869 | DOI:
Motivation and the Policy Context

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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

Chapter.  6109 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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