Motivation in Public Management: The Call of Public Service

Hardcover | June 15, 2008

EditorJames L. Perry, Annie Hondeghem

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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, aprofession. 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 perspectivesas 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 managerialimplications of research on public service motivation. As the contributors illustrate, the implications transcend particular sectors or countries.

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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, aprofession. During the latter part of the 20th cent...

James L. Perry is Chancellor's Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University, Bloomington. He also holds adjunct appointments in Philanthropy and Political Science. He has held faculty appointments at the University of California, Irvine, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Wiscons...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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James L. Perry and Annie Hondeghem: Editors' IntroductionPart 1: Foundations of Public Service Motivation1. Sylvia Horton: History and Persistence of an Idea and an Ideal2. Michael Koehler and Hal G. Rainey: Interdisciplinary Foundations of Public Service Motivation3. James L. Perry and Wouter Vandenabeele: Behavioral Dynamics: Institutions, Identities, and Self-regulation4. Bradley E. Wright: Methodological Challenges Associated with Public Service Motivation ResearchPart 2: Exploring the Antecedents, Correlates, and Outcomes of Public Service5. Sanjay K. Pandey and Edmund C. Stazyk: Antecedents and Correlates of Public Service Motivation6. Peter Leisink and Bram Steijn: Recruitment, Attraction, and Selection7. Gene A. Brewer: Employee and Organizational Performance8. Jeroen Maesschalck, Zeger van der Wal, and Leo Huberts: Public Service Motivation and Ethical Conduct9. David J. Houston: Behavior in the Public SquarePart 3: Comparative Analyses in Public Service Motivation10. Trui Steen: Not a Government Monopoly: The Private, Nonprofit, and Voluntary Sectors11. Wouter Vandenabeele and Steven Van de Walle: International Differences in Public Service Motivation: Comparing Regions Across the WorldPart 4: The Future of Public Service Motivation12. Donald P. Moynihan: The Normative Model in Decline? Public Service Motivation in the Age of Governance13. Laurie E. Paarlberg, James L. Perry, and Annie Hondeghem: From Theory to Practice: Strategies for Applying Public Service Motivation14. James L. Perry and Annie Hondeghem: Directions for Future Theory and Research