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

Lene Holm Pedersen, Lotte Bøgh Andersen, Nanna Thomsen

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Abstract

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
Volume22
Issue7
Pages (from-to)999-1023
Number of pages25
ISSN1471-9037
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

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

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