Gender Dimensions of Public Service Motivation

Public Adminstration Review, pp. 873-887, November/December 2006

Posted: 24 May 2009

See all articles by Leisha DeHart-Davis

Leisha DeHart-Davis

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Sanjay K. Pandey

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

Justin Marlowe

University of Washington

Date Written: May, 19 2009

Abstract

Feminist scholars of public administration have critiqued the dominance of masculine imagery in public administration theory and practice. However, public service motivation is one area of public administration discourse that contains both feminine and masculine imagery. Focusing on Perry’s multidimensional public service motivation scale, the authors borrow from a range of social science literatures to contend that compassion is a feminine dimension of public service motivation, whereas attraction to policy making and commitment to public service are masculine dimensions. Data from a survey of public managers in state health and human service agencies reveal that women score higher on Perry’s compassion subscale but also on attraction to policy making. No statistically significant gender differences were found on commitment to public service.

Keywords: public service motivation, gender

Suggested Citation

DeHart-Davis, Leisha and Pandey, Sanjay K. and Marlowe, Justin, Gender Dimensions of Public Service Motivation (May, 19 2009). Public Adminstration Review, pp. 873-887, November/December 2006 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1407211

Leisha DeHart-Davis (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill ( email )

Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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

Justin Marlowe

University of Washington ( email )

Box 353055
Seattle, WA 98195
United States
206.221.4161 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://evans.washington.edu/faculty-staff/bios/current-hz/marlowe

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