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Public Service Motivation?

Rethinking What Motivates Public Actors

By Chris O'Leary

Published

Nov 1, 2021

Page count

128 pages

ISBN

978-1447360797

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Nov 1, 2021

Page count

128 pages

ISBN

978-1447360803

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
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    Public Service Motivation?

    Chris O’Leary looks afresh at the reasons for prosocial work choices in the first substantive critique of Public Service Motivation (PSM).

    With critical analysis of theoretical and empirical research to date, this book explores the pros and cons of PSM and interrogates the reasons why people choose to work in the public and third sectors. It proposes an alternative theory for the pursuit of service, rooted in rational choice theory, that shows public servants are expressively motivated to confirm their values and identity through their work.

    For those involved in public policy, administration and management, this is a constructive and stimulating review of an important but often neglected aspect of the sector.

    Christopher O’Leary is Senior Lecturer in the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University.

    Introduction

    Conceptualising Public Service Motivation

    The public and Public Service Motivation

    Decision making and Public Service Motivation

    Observing Public Service Motivation

    Public Service Motivation as expressive interests

    Conclusions