How Do Perceived Political Environment and Administrative Reform Affect Employee Commitment?

Posted: 23 Mar 2009

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Kaifeng Yang

Florida State University - Askew School of Public Administration and Policy

Sanjay K. Pandey

George Washington University - Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration

Date Written: April 2009

Abstract

Political support is an important environmental factor in public management, and over the past few decades, the implementation of results-oriented reforms has become highly influential as well. However, few studies have examined the impact of these two factors on employee attitudes and behaviors. This article proposes that the extent of results-oriented reforms and political support from elected officials-as perceived by managers-has a significant influence on managerial practice and normative commitment to the organization. Using data from a national survey of state-level human service managers, we test and find support for a model positing that managerial perceptions of political support have a direct influence on the implementation of results-oriented reforms, organizational structure, and internal communication. We also find that more extensive results-oriented reform efforts are positively associated with goal clarity, communication adequacy, and flexible structures and that normative commitment is affected positively by goal clarity and negatively by bureaucratic structure.

Suggested Citation

Yang, Kaifeng and Pandey, Sanjay K., How Do Perceived Political Environment and Administrative Reform Affect Employee Commitment? (April 2009). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 335-360, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1365723 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jopart/mun002

Kaifeng Yang (Contact Author)

Florida State University - Askew School of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

Tallahasse, FL 32306
United States

Sanjay K. Pandey

George Washington University - Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration ( email )

805 21st Street, NW
Suite 601
Washington, DC 20052
United States

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