The Other Invisible Hand: Delivering Public Services through Choice and Competition

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Description: Delivering Public Services through Choice and Competition Julian Le Grand PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2007 Reviewed by Catherine Needham Julian Le Grand is a tireless promoter of choice in public services, doing more than any other academic to popularise and disseminate the arguments in favour of more competitive service provision. The advantages of choice (and Le Grand is focusing particularly on choice of provider) are drawn from basic economic theory: it is responsive to the needs and wants of users; it gives incentives to providers to improve the service; but also (and this is really the most controversial part of the argument) it is likely to be more equitable than the alternatives.
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