Integrating Values in the Public Sector

  • Alex R. IngramsEmail author
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Organizational mission; Public service motivation; Public values; Regime values


Integration of values in the public sector is the process of aligning and realizing public service goals and tasks within the context of core or essential government values.


The claim is often made that the public sector has a unique responsibility for upholding public values. The same claim is not made of the private sector or other non-governmental sectors such as civil society. While most public administration and public policy scholars support this view, the theoretical and empirical task of explaining why it is the case has led to a wide divergence in viewpoints. There are disagreements on what public value means, what the scope is of values in the public sector, and what tools can be used to integrate which values and to what outcomes. This entry summarizes the various viewpoints on what types of public values exist, how they might be successfully integrated, and what...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands