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A question of value(s): Political connectedness and executive compensation in public sector organizations

Meyer, Renate and Höllerer, Markus and Leixnering, Stephan (2018) A question of value(s): Political connectedness and executive compensation in public sector organizations. International Public Management Journal, 21 (3). pp. 477-500. ISSN 1559-3169

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Abstract

While the de-politicization of public sector management was a core objective of past reform initiatives, more recent debates urge the state to act as a strong principal when it comes to public sector unity and policy coherence - and consequently make a case for reinvigorating links between the political and managerial sphere. Using data from Austrian public sector organizations, we test and confirm the causal relationship of political connectedness of board members and executive compensation. Differentiating between value-based and interest-based in-groups, we suggest that only value-based political connectedness has the potential to restore patronage as a control instrument and governance tool. Self-interested and reward-driven patronage, on the other hand, indicated by a strong association of political connectedness and executive pay, refers to the type of politicization that previous public sector reforms promised to abolish.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Public management; public governance; corporate governance; executive compensation; (de-)politicization; patronage; Austria
Divisions: Departments > Management > Organization Studies
Departments > Management > Public Management und Governance
Forschungsinstitute > Urban Management and Governance
Forschungsinstitute > Urban Management and Governance > Meyer
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 14:59
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2019 15:01
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/72455/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/6826

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