Zooming In on Public Service Motivation I: Conceptual Facets

  • Fabian Homberg
  • Joyce Costello


PSM has been criticized for being difficult to distinguish from related constructs such as altruism, intrinsic and prosocial motivation. First, this chapter describes the conceptual underpinnings of PSM and introduces its dimensions as commonly found in the literature. Second, this chapter links up to the debate of construct clarity in PSM and discusses conceptual facets of PSM in relation to related constructs. Third, the chapter closes with brief look at civic engagement as interpreted in this book.


Dimensions of PSM Altruism Prosocial motivation Civic engagement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabian Homberg
    • 1
  • Joyce Costello
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Business & ManagementLUISS Guido Carli UniversityRomeItaly
  2. 2.Media SchoolBournemouth UniversityBournemouthUK

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