Exploring Political Personalities: The Micro-Foundation of Local Policy Innovation in China

Governance

41 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2019 Last revised: 28 Dec 2020

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Orion Lewis

Middlebury College

Jessica Teets

Middlebury College

Reza Hasmath

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

This article argues that policymakers’ individual attributes influence their willingness to engage in policy innovation, and that this influence is responsive to, but not determined by, changes in the institutional structure. We derive these findings by employing principal component analysis of original data from surveys of local policymakers in China, to inductively locate different personalities. We find statistically significant personalities that influence a willingness to innovate, and that this influence is responsive to changes such as heightened risk. In addition to parsing the influence of extrinsic and intrinsic motivations on policy innovation, we further find that the traditional risk-acceptant policy-entrepreneur personality does not explain innovation well.

Keywords: Policy Innovation and Diffusion, Innovative Personality, Authoritarian Personality, Policy Entrepreneurs, Authoritarianism, Evolutionary Approach, China

Suggested Citation

Lewis, Orion and Teets, Jessica and Hasmath, Reza, Exploring Political Personalities: The Micro-Foundation of Local Policy Innovation in China (2021). Governance, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3422071 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3422071

Orion Lewis

Middlebury College ( email )

Jessica Teets

Middlebury College ( email )

Middlebury, VT 05753
United States

Reza Hasmath (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science ( email )

10-16 Henry Marshall Tory Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H4
Canada

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