The Economist recomments this book:
Motivation, Agency and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens examines the theory and practice of quasi-markets for public services. The book is short, accessible and profound. Drawing on theory, case studies and surveys of the literature, Mr Le Grand argues that the left is missing a trick. Market forces, he says, can often serve its goals better than the methods socialists and social democrats generally favour.