The Normative Model in Decline? Public Service Motivation in the Age of Governance

Public Service Motivation: State of the Science and Art, James L. Perry and Annie Hondeghem (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press (2008).

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Donald P. Moynihan

Georgetown University - McCourt School of Public Policy

Date Written: January 01, 2008

Abstract

This paper examines how public management reforms that foster market values (through performance measurement, financial incentives and contracting out) crowd-out the public service motivation of employees. The flaws of the market model in practice means that it encourages opportunistic behavior, making it even more important that the public sector curtails financial motivators, encourages intrinsic motivation and selects people who are not primarily driven by self-interest.

Suggested Citation

Moynihan, Donald P., The Normative Model in Decline? Public Service Motivation in the Age of Governance (January 01, 2008). Public Service Motivation: State of the Science and Art, James L. Perry and Annie Hondeghem (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press (2008)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3508172 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3508172

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