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Reputation-Based Governance$
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Lucio Picci

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804773294

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804773294.001.0001

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Reputation and Good Public Governance

Reputation and Good Public Governance

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Reputation-Based Governance
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the role of reputational incentives in shaping the observed behavior of public administrations and how their power may be harnessed to improve public governance. It first clarifies the meaning of “good public governance”. It then discusses a framework where reputational incentives play a central role and that accommodates some important aspects of public administrations. Here, the reputational incentives take the form of “career concerns”: the desire that bureaucrats have to step up the career ladder. It is argued that career concerns play an important role in motivating public officials and in explaining the overall behavior of public administrations.

Keywords:   reputational incentives, public administration, public governance, career concerns, public officials

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