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What Are the Priorities of Bureaucrats?

29 April 2021 / Source: econpol.eu

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 12:00
- The functioning of public bureaucracies is considered a principal driver of government effectiveness and state capacity. Surveying more than 900 real-life procurement officials in Finland and Germany on the basis of hypothetical choice experiments the authors of this study find that bureaucratic decision-making is based to a large extent on intrinsic motivation. While bureaucrats lack important career or pay incentives, they have substantial discretion at work.

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