Elite Ethics: Comparing Public Values Prioritization between Administrative Elites and Political Elites

International Journal of Public Administration, Volume 37 (14), 2014, page 1030-1043

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 15-05

Posted: 13 Jan 2015

Date Written: November 24, 2014

Abstract

In this article, we compare how administrative and political elites in The Netherlands, the European Union, and the United States perceive and prioritize four key public values — responsiveness, expertise, lawfulness, and transparency. Our data from 94 in-depth interviews show that political elites and administrative elites differ most in their perception and prioritization of expertise and transparency and less in responsiveness and lawfulness. Interestingly, these politico-administrative value differences largely hold across the institutional settings we study. Theorizing on our results, we formulate eight propositions for future studies. Our study contributes to public values research by using qualitative methodology and including politicians.

Keywords: Public values, government elities, political-administrative relations, ethics

Suggested Citation

Van Der Wal, Zeger, Elite Ethics: Comparing Public Values Prioritization between Administrative Elites and Political Elites (November 24, 2014). International Journal of Public Administration, Volume 37 (14), 2014, page 1030-1043; Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 15-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2548904

Zeger Van Der Wal (Contact Author)

LKYSPP ( email )

Singapore
Singapore

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