Public Service Motivation, Prosocial Motivation and Altruism. Towards Disentanglement and Conceptual Clarity

Schott, Carina; Neumann, Oliver; Baertschi, Muriel; Ritz, Adrian (2019). Public Service Motivation, Prosocial Motivation and Altruism. Towards Disentanglement and Conceptual Clarity. International journal of public administration, 42(14), pp. 1200-1211. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/01900692.2019.1588302

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Research on public service motivation (PSM) has made great strides in terms of study output. Given the enormous scholarly attention on PSM, it is surprising that considerable conceptual ambiguities and overlaps with related concepts such as prosocial motivation, and altruism still remain. This study addresses this issue by systematically carving out the differences and similarities between these concepts. Taking this approach, this study clarifies the conceptual space of both PSM and the other concepts. Using data from semi-structured interviews with police officers, it is illustrated that PSM and prosocial motivation are different types of motivation leading to different types of prosocial behaviour.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Public Law > Institute of Public Law
11 Centers of Competence > KPM Center for Public Management
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)

UniBE Contributor:

Neumann, Oliver and Ritz, Adrian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISSN:

0190-0692

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Adrian Ritz

Date Deposited:

15 Feb 2021 14:14

Last Modified:

15 Feb 2021 14:14

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/01900692.2019.1588302

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/151997

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/151997

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