Adaptation to externally driven change: the impact of political change on job satisfaction in the public sector
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.
Public Administration Review
Volume and page numbers
74 , 384 -395
Open Access article