Department of Political Science

Motivated to act and take responsibility – integrating insights from community psychology in PSM research

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The concept sense of community responsibility (SOC-R) provides useful insights into public service motivation (PSM) research because SOC-R is act-relevant and connected to an identifiable community. A survey sent to 2,463 Danish councilors in multipurpose local governments illustrates how PSM and SOC-R as constructs are highly correlated, but not totally overlapping. SOC-R relates negatively to voluntary retirement but positively to visionary leadership and political influence, indicating that SOC-R is a supplementary motivation to take on responsibility and exercise leadership. The key contribution is thus a better understanding of motivation in public service provision.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Management Review
Pages (from-to)999-1023
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Public Service Motivation, local Councillors, political influence, sense of community responsibility, visionary leadership

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