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Political Influence on Street-Level Bureacratic Outcome: Testing the Interaction between Burauucratic ideology and Local community Political Orientation
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Journal of public administration research and theory, ISSN 1053-1858, E-ISSN 1477-9803, Vol. 22, no 3, p. 553-571Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A basic principle of good government is that politics should be restricted to the input side, whereas the bureaucracy should operate independently of political considerations. However, 10 previous literature documents an implementation gap between unitary political aims and varied local outcomes, which occasionally can be attributed to political reasons; both bureaucratic ideology and that local political constituencies can shape implementation and affect outcome. So far, however, research has neglected the question of whether one of these effects is conditioned by the other. This article presents original data on the political orientation of public 15 employees in the Swedish Social Insurance Administration that allow these two factors to be tested together for the first time. The main finding is that neither the bureaucratic ideology nor the political orientation of the local community independently affects the outcome but that the real effect of political ideology on implementation takes the form of an interaction effect between the two. This interaction effect visualizes so that a rightward shift in bureaucratic 20 ideology significantly reduces the number of annual sick leave days per capita when the political orientation of the local community is right leaning. Hence, political ideology only affects welfare state outcome by restricting policy implementation in a situation in which restrictive public employees are positioned in restrictive local communities.

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2012. Vol. 22, no 3, p. 553-571
Keywords [en]
Political orientation, Regional variation, Kaufman, Street-level, Sweden
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Public Administration Studies
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Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-15203DOI: 10.1093/jopart/mur062Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84863935930OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-15203DiVA, id: diva2:452306
Available from: 2011-10-28 Created: 2011-10-28 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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