Quotation Meyer, Renate, Egger-Peitler, Isabell, Höllerer, Markus, Hammerschmid, Gerhard. 2014. Of bureaucrats and passionate public managers: Institutional logics, executive identities, and public service motivation. Public Administration 92 (4): 861-885.


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Over recent decades, a number of managerial reform initiatives in continental Europe have aimed at moving away from the traditional Weberian model of public administration. Such shifting bases of legitimacy are brought about by changes in the institutional logics in place, which not only provide frames of reference but also social identities and vocabularies of motive for the actors in the field. In this article, we approach the expanding research on public service motivation (PSM) by employing an institutional prism. Based on an executive survey in a continental European context, we examine the assumption that high PSM is associated with the traditional ethos and social identity in the public sector. What we find is that a Weberian legalistic-bureaucratic logic supports neither a high attraction to policy-making nor a high level of compassion. A managerial orientation, on the other hand, entails significantly higher scores on these two dimensions, as well as on overall PSM.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Public Administration
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Of bureaucrats and passionate public managers: Institutional logics, executive identities, and public service motivation
Volume 92
Number 4
Year 2014
Page from 861
Page to 885
Reviewed? Y

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Public Service Motivation
Public Governance and Administrative Reforms: Reform Paradigms and Dynamics
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Meyer, Renate (Details)
Egger-Peitler, Isabell (Details)
Höllerer, Markus (Details)
Hammerschmid, Gerhard (Former researcher)
Organization
Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
Urban Management and Governance (Meyer) (Details)
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
Institute for Organization Studies IN (Details)
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