© 1993

Quasi-Markets and Social Policy

  • Editors
  • Julian Le Grand
  • Will Bartlett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Julian Le Grand, Will Bartlett
    Pages 1-12
  3. Will Bartlett, Julian Le Grand
    Pages 13-34
  4. Will Bartlett, Lyn Harrison
    Pages 68-92
  5. Lesley Hoyes, Robin Means
    Pages 93-124
  6. Will Bartlett
    Pages 125-153
  7. Glen Bramley
    Pages 154-182
  8. Carol Propper
    Pages 183-201
  9. Julian Le Grand, Will Bartlett
    Pages 202-220
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 221-241

About this book


Fundamental change is taking place in the provision of welfare services in Britain. Government bureaucracies are losing their monopoly in such key areas as health, housing, community care and education. The Government agencies are increasingly acting as purchasers of services or as umbrellas for decentralised units. The command economy is being replaced by the quasi-market economy. This highly topical book assesses whether quasi-markets can deliver efficient and equitable public services and whether they represent a permanent break with the State's traditional role of welfare provider.


economics health regulation science and technology service social policy welfare

About the authors

JULIAN LE GRAND is the Richard Titmuss Professor of Health Policy at the London School of Economics, and Professorial Fellow, King's Fund Institute. Previously he was Director of the School of Advanced Urban Studies, University of Bristol. He is a leading authority on the economics of the welfare state. His recent publications include The Economics of Social Problems (with Carol Propper and Ray Robinson) and Equity and Choice.

WILL BARTLETT is a Research Fellow at the School for Advanced Urban Studies, University of Bristol, researching into the role of quasi-markets in the provision of welfare services. He has previously worked at the Universities of Bath and Southampton, and at the European University Institute in Florence.

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