Elite Ethics: Comparing Public Values Prioritization between Administrative Elites and Political Elites
International Journal of Public Administration, Volume 37 (14), 2014, page 1030-1043
Posted: 13 Jan 2015
Date Written: November 24, 2014
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
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