Adaptation to externally driven change: the impact of political change on job satisfaction in the public sector

Vurain Tabvuma, Hong Bui, Fabian Homberg

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Abstract

This article uses a quasi-natural experiment to investigate the adaptation of job satisfaction to externally driven political change in the public sector. This is important because democratic government bureaucracies often experience changes in leadership after elections. The analyses are based on data drawn from a large longitudinal data set, the British Household Panel Survey. Findings indicate that the impact of political elections is largely weak and temporary and is only present for men. For women, the internal processes of the organization tend to be more important. These findings suggest that changes in political leadership may not be associated with fundamental changes in policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-395
Number of pages12
JournalPublic Administration Review
Volume74
Issue number3
Early online date12 May 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2014

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