Quotation Ebinger, Falk, Veit, Sylvia, Strobel, Bastian. 2021. Role Models in the Senior Civil Service: How Tasks Frame the Identification of Senior Bureaucrats with Active and Reactive Roles. International Journal of Public Administration. 1-12.


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The influence of senior civil servants’ (SCS) tasks on their role perceptions has been widely ignored in the past research on the administrative élite. This paper presents new survey data on SCS in German federal ministries to test this relation by categorizing SCS into three task-related groups: strategists, policy specialists and administrators. Regression analyses reveal that SCS’s tasks do not influence their (strong) identification with reactive (supportive) roles but have a significant impact on their identification with active, more politically entrepreneurial roles. This entails two important findings: First, SCS’s tasks matter for their appreciation of different roles. Second, active and reactive role models are not irreconcilable (as it is often argued in the literature on bureaucratic politicization), but complementary.

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  • Administrative Elites
  • Role Perception
  • Politicization
  • Tasks

Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Public Administration
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-C
Language English
Title Role Models in the Senior Civil Service: How Tasks Frame the Identification of Senior Bureaucrats with Active and Reactive Roles
Year 2021
Page from 1
Page to 12
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/01900692.2021.1945623
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2021.1945623
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/01900692.2021.1945623?needAccess=true

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Political-Administrative Elite 2017
People
Ebinger, Falk (Details)
External
Strobel, Bastian (Universität Kassel, Germany)
Veit, Sylvia (Universität Kassel, Germany)
Organization
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5118 Political science (Details)
5234 Administrative science (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5351 Public economy (Details)
5951 E-government (Details)
5963 Evaluation research (Details)
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