Despite a large body of literature on the effects of politicization, relatively little is known about its relationship with the work attitudes of public employees. This study investigates how different forms of politicization relate to senior executives’ job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Using data from a large-scale executive survey conducted in Europe, we found that senior public officials exhibit negative work attitudes when there is political intervention in civil service staffing, when they have little policy influence, and when political actors interfere in their managerial activities. In particular, politicians’ disrespect for bureaucratic expertise had the largest effect on work attitudes.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||Public Management Review|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Hyunjung Kim acknowledges that this work was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea [NRF-2018S1A3A2075609]. Haeil Jung acknowledges that this work was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea [NRF-2016S1A3A2924956]. We would like to thank Carl Dahlström, George A. Krause, and Kwangbin Bae for their valuable comments on an earlier version of the manuscript. Hyunjung Kim particularly thanks the members of the Quality of Government Institute in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg for their help and suggestions and the COCOPS Project Team for the data provision.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Administration