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Julian Le Grand

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Relevant research

Le Grand, J. (2003) Motivation, Agency and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens. Oxford University Press, Oxford. Revised edition, 2006.

Le Grand, J. (2007) The Other Invisible Hand: Delivering Public Services through Choice and Competition. Princeton University Press, Oxford.

Cooper, Z., McGuire, A., Jones, S. and Le Grand, J. (2009) Equity, waiting times and NHS reforms: retrospective study. British Medical Journal,339, b3264.

Cooper, Z., Gibbons, S., Jones, S. and McGuire, A. (2011) Does hospital competition save lives? Evidence from the English NHS patient choice reforms. Economic Journal, 121, F228–F260.

Le Grand, J. (2007) Consistent Care Matters: Exploring the Potential of Social Work Practices. London: Department for Education and Skills.

Le Grand, J. and Chater, D. (2006) Looked After or Overlooked?  Good Parenting and School Choice for Looked After Children. London: Social Market Foundation.

Le Grand, J. and New, B. (2015) Government Paternalism: Nanny State or Helpful Friend. Princeton University Press. 

Evidence of impact

Pupil premium

Chowdry, H., Greaves, E. and Sibieta, L. (2010) The Pupil Premium: Assessing the Options.  London: Institute for Fiscal Studies. p.17.

Freedman, S. and Horner, S. (2008) School Funding and Social Justice: A Guide to the Pupil Premium. London:  Policy Exchange. 

Choice and competition in health care

Timmins, N. (2012) Never Again? The Story of the Health and Social Care Act of 2012. London: Institute for Government and Kings Fund.

Health and Social Care Bill:

David Cameron’s NHS speech:

House of Commons (2012) 29 Feb 2012 : Column 283

Social work practices

DfES (2007) Care Matters: Time for Change.  Cm 7317.

Notification of Proposal to Extend Adult Social Care Social Work Practice Pilot Sites

Stanley, N. et al. (2012) Social Work Practices: Report of the National Evaluation

Social work practice pilots (SWPs) – additional pilots

Munro, E. (2011) The Munro Review of Child Protection: Final Report, London: The Stationery Office. Page 167.


Relevant video and audio

Gearty Grilling with Julian Le Grand on how choice and competition improves public services:

Julian Le Grand on competition versus integration in the NHS, February 2011: 

Julian LeGrand on The Government Paternalist: Nanny state or helpful friend, 21 May 2015:

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