'Without Affection or Enthusiasm' problems of involvement and attachment in 'Responsive' public management
Du Gay, Paul. (2008) 'Without Affection or Enthusiasm' problems of involvement and attachment in 'Responsive' public management. Organization, Vol.15 (No.3). pp. 335-353. ISSN 1350-5084Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350508408088533
The paper focuses on the changing ethical template that programmes of 'responsive' or 'entrepreneurial' managerial reform require of civil servants. Contemporary demands for responsive public management contain two emotional injunctions to public bureaucrats. The first, derived from populist doctrines of political right, requires bureaucrats to be responsive to the needs of their 'clients'. In the name of 'recognition' and the 'politics of care', for example, it is thought vital to inculcate in bureaucratic conduct a sense of 'compassion' or close identification with others' feelings. Secondly, in the name of responsiveness to political superiors and the delivery of their policy objectives, bureaucrats are expected to exhibit 'ownership' of and identification with particular policies. They are required to be committed champions for and enthusiastic advocates of those policies. Both of these injunctions are deemed to be more in tune with democratic principles and the currents of contemporary ethical culture ('diversity' or 'human rights', for example) than what is represented as the unlamented Weberian world of rule-bound hierarchy. The paper seeks to question this assessment.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Bureaucracy, Public administration -- Moral and ethical aspects, Political ethics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Organization|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||19|
|Page Range:||pp. 335-353|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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