Of knights, knaves and merchants: the motivations of residential care providers in England in the late 1990s

Kendall, J. (2001) Of knights, knaves and merchants: the motivations of residential care providers in England in the late 1990s. Social Policy and Administration, 35 (4). pp. 360-375. ISSN 0144-5596. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This paper examines the motivations of a sample of fifty providers of residential care for older people in England in 1997. The theoretical point of departure is the “knights and knaves” categorization suggested by Julian Le Grand. A cluster analysis of the expressed motivations of the providers of residential care suggests three types: empathizers, professionals and income prioritizers. These combine knightly and knavish motives in varying degrees. Le Grand’s recommendation that strategic policy towards actors in welfare services should be robust about motives is endorsed. However, a third, “mercantile”, aspect of motivation is revealed reflecting providers’ needs to exercise control over, and experience ownership of, their enterprises. This should also be taken into account in the design of policy. Policy decisions that are insensitive to this aspect of motivation are likely to be misguided and flawed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: motivations resources residential care providers england 1990s
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Samantha Osborne
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:12
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2014 11:08
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/381 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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