Potential for Comparative Public Opinion Research in Public Administration

International Review of Administrative Sciences, Vol. 71, No. 2, pp. 229-240, 2005

21 Pages Posted: 18 May 2010

See all articles by Geert Bouckaert

Geert Bouckaert

KU Leuven

Steven Van de Walle

KU Leuven - Department of Political Science; Erasmus University Rotterdam - Department of Public Administration

Jarl K. Kampen

KU Leuven - Department of Political Science

Date Written: May 1, 2005

Abstract

The public administration and public services have always taken a marginal place in the political scientists’ behavioural research. Public administration students on the other hand tend to focus on political and administrative elites and institutions, and largely ignored citizens in comparative research. In this article we make a plea for international comparative research on citizens’ attitudes towards the public administration from an interdisciplinary perspective. Available international survey material is discussed, and main trends in empirical practice and theoretical approaches are outlined, especially those with a potential impact on public sector reform.

Keywords: trust in government, satisfaction with service delivery, public opinion, administrative culture, survey research

JEL Classification: D73

Suggested Citation

Bouckaert, Geert and Van de Walle, Steven and Kampen, Jarl K., Potential for Comparative Public Opinion Research in Public Administration (May 1, 2005). International Review of Administrative Sciences, Vol. 71, No. 2, pp. 229-240, 2005 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1609875

Geert Bouckaert

KU Leuven ( email )

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Leuven, 3000
Belgium

Steven Van de Walle (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Department of Political Science ( email )

Public Management Institute
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B-3000 Leuven
Belgium
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+32 16 323611 (Fax)

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Erasmus University Rotterdam - Department of Public Administration ( email )

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0031 10 408 2518 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.stevenvandewalle.eu

Jarl K. Kampen

KU Leuven - Department of Political Science ( email )

Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

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