Julian Le GrandSir Julian Ernest Michael Le Grand, FBA (born 29 May 1945) is a British academic specialising in public policy. He is the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics (LSE) and was a senior policy advisor to former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Le Grand is the author, co-author or editor of seventeen books and over ninety articles on economics, philosophy and public policy. One of his books, ''Motivation, Agency and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens'', was described by ''The Economist'' as "accessible – and profound" and by ''The Times'' as "one of the most important books on public policy in recent years". He was one of ''Prospect'' magazine's 100 top British public intellectuals, and one of the ESRC's ten Heroes of Dissemination.
He is one of the principal architects of the UK Government's current ‘quasi-market’ reforms introducing choice and competition into health care and education. In addition, he originated and developed several innovative ideas in social policy, including one that became the ‘baby bond’ or Child Trust Fund, the Partnership Scheme for funding long term care endorsed by the 2005 Wanless Report Securing Good Care for Older People, the Educational Premium for the less well off and for looked after children, and the Social Care Practice in the 2006 Department for Education and Skills Green Paper, Care Matters.
Le Grand was one of the signatories of a letter published in ''The Guardian'' on 15 April 2008, which criticised the UK Government's "retreat in the face of a rightwing challenge over inheritance tax". Le Grand and his co-authors argued that inheritance tax "is one of the few tools which directly reduces inherited inequalities."
In 2014 he was a member of the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England for the [http://www.kingsfund.org.uk King's Fund], chaired by Kate Barker which delivered its final report in September. He subsequently denounced the proposal of increasing NHS charges, which he described as a zombie idea. Provided by Wikipedia