Quotation Leixnering, Stephan, Schikowitz, Andrea, Hammerschmid, Gerhard, Meyer, Renate. 2018. Multiple shades of grey: Opening the black box of public sector executives’ hybrid role identities. Comparative Social Research. 33 157-176.




Public sector reforms of recent decades in Europe have promoted managerialism and aimed at introducing private sector thinking and practices. However, with regard to public sector executives’ self-understanding, managerial role identities have not replaced bureaucratic ones; rather, components from both paradigms were combined. In this chapter, we introduce a bi-dimensional identity approach (attitudes and practices) that allows for different combinations and forms of hybridity. Empirically, we explore the role identities of public sector executives across Europe, building on survey data from over 7,000 top public officials in 19 countries (COCOPS survey). We identify country-level profiles, as well as patterns across countries, and find that administrative traditions can account for these profiles and patterns only to a limited extent. Rather, they have to be complemented by factors such as stability of the institutional environment (indicating lower shares of hybrid combinations) or extent of reform pressures (indicating higher shares of hybrid combinations).


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Comparative Social Research
Language English
Title Multiple shades of grey: Opening the black box of public sector executives’ hybrid role identities
Volume 33
Year 2018
Page from 157
Page to 176
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/S0195-631020180000033012/full/html
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S0195-631020180000033012
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://epub.wu.ac.at/6740


COCOPS: Public Sector Executive Identities
Leixnering, Stephan (Details)
Schikowitz, Andrea (Former researcher)
Hammerschmid, Gerhard (Former researcher)
Meyer, Renate (Details)
Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
Urban Management and Governance (Meyer) (Details)
Institute for Organization Studies IN (Details)
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