Motivation in Public Management: The Call of Public Service

Motivation in Public Management: The Call of Public Service

by James L. Perry, Annie Hondeghem
     
 

Motivation in Public Management: The Call of Public Service joins a long-standing debate about what drives the behavior of government employees and others who are engaged in the public's business. For many centuries, public service was considered a noble calling and, more recently, a profession. During the latter part of the 20th century, however, many scholars

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Motivation in Public Management: The Call of Public Service joins a long-standing debate about what drives the behavior of government employees and others who are engaged in the public's business. For many centuries, public service was considered a noble calling and, more recently, a profession. During the latter part of the 20th century, however, many scholars called into question both the reality and desirability of a public service ethic. This book draws upon a substantial and growing body of evidence from across disciplines in the social, behavioral, and natural sciences. It asks and answers key questions about the extent to which behavior is fundamentally self- or other-regarding.

To paraphrase James Madison, "public servants are not angels," but neither are they self-aggrandizing opportunists. The evidence presented in this volume offers a compelling case that motivation theory should be grounded not only in rational choice models, but altruistic and prosocial perspectives as well. In addition to reviewing evidence from many disciplines, the volume extensively reviews research in public management conducted under the rubric of "public service motivation". The volume is a comprehensive guide to history, methodology, empirical research, and institutional and managerial implications of research on public service motivation. As the contributors illustrate, the implications transcend particular sectors or countries.

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ISBN-13:
9780199234035
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
1.70(w) x 2.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures

Editor's Introduction James L. Perry Perry, James L. Annie Honedghem Honedghem, Annie 1

Pt. 1 Foundations of Public Service Motivation

1 History and Persistence of an Idea and an Ideal Sylvia Horton Horton, Sylvia 17

2 Interdisciplinary Foundations of Public Service Motivation Michael Koehler Koehler, Michael Hal G. Rainey Rainey, Hal G. 33

3 Behavioral Dynamics: Institutions, Identities, and Self-Regulation James L. Perry Perry, James L. Wouter Vandenabeele Vandenabeele, Wouter 56

4 Methodological Challenges Associate with Public Service Motivation Research Bradley E. Wright Wright, Bradley E. 80

Pt. II Exploring the Antecendents, Correlates, and Outcomes of Public Service Motivation

5 Antecedents and Correlates of Public Service Motivation Sanjay K. Pandey Pandey, Sanjay K. Edmund C. Stazyk Stazyk, Edmund C. 101

6 Recruitment, Attraction, and Selection Peter Leisink Leisink, Peter Bram Steijn Steijn, Bram 118

7 Employee and Organizational Performance Gene A. Brewer Brewer, Gene A. 136

8 Public Service Motivation and Ethical Conduct Jeroen Maesschalck Maesschalck, Jeroen Zeger van der Wal van der Wal, Zeger Leo Huberts Huberts, Leo 157

9 Behavior in the Public Square David J. Houston Houston, David J. 177

Pt. III Comparative Analyses in Public Service Motivation

10 Not a Government Monopoly: The Private, Nonprofit, and Voluntary Sectors Trui Steen Steen, Trui 203

11 International Differences in Public Service Motivation: Comparing Regions across the World Wouter Vandenabeele Vandenabeele, Wouter Steven Van de Walle Van de Walle, Steven 223

Pt. IV The Future of Public Service Motivation

12 The Normative Model in Decline?Public Service Motivation in the Age of Governance Donald P. Moynihan Moynihan, Donald P. 247

13 From Theory to Practice: Strategies for Applying Public Service Motivation Laurie E. Paarlberg Paarlberg, Laurie E. James L. Perry Perry, James L. Annie Hondeghem Hondeghem, Annie 268

14 Directions for Future Theory and Research James L. Perry Perry, James L. Annie Hondeghem Hondeghem, Annie 294

List of Contributors 315

Index 317

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