Quotation Gordon, Ray, Kornberger, Martin, Clegg, Stewart. 2009. Power, Rationality and Legitimacy in Public Organizations. Public Administration. 87 (1), 15-34.


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In this paper we propose answers to the research question: how does power shape the construction of legitimacy in the context of public organizations? We suggest that while organizational structures of dominancy will be embedded, not all structures of dominancy align with those that are normatively presented as legitimate and authoritative. Such situations make the creation and sustenance of legitimacy problematic for organizational action. This paper advances our understanding of the relation between power, rationality and legitimacy by showing how structures of domination recursively constitute, and are constituted by, legitimacy that may not be authoritative. We show, empirically, how these relations prevented a police organization from reforming by breaking the recursive patterns of domination and legitimization. Theoretically, we argue that understanding organizational change must be connected to issues of power and legitimacy.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Public Administration
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Power, Rationality and Legitimacy in Public Organizations
Volume 87
Number 1
Year 2009
Page from 15
Page to 34
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9299.2008.01743.x
Open Access N

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Kornberger, Martin (Details)
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Clegg, Stewart
Gordon, Ray
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Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
Urban Management and Governance (Meyer) (Details)
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
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