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The Masks of the Political God by Luca Ozzano

So What? Why Should Political Scientists Care About Bureaucratic Reputation?

Public Administration
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Madalina Busuioc
Departments of Political Science and Public Administration, Universiteit Leiden
Panel Co-Chair
Sharon Gilad
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Panel Discussant
Sharon Gilad
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

23/08/2018 09:00 - 10:40
Building: VMP 8 Floor: 2 Room: 206
So what? Why should political scientists care about bureaucratic reputation?

Bureaucratic reputation has been a topic of growing interest among political scientists. Why are political science scholars -much like brand managers in the private sector- concerned with the ‘brand’ and the ‘image’ of organisations? Is this an exercise in frivolity or does it tell us important things about bureaucracies and the outcomes of their actions? Beyond communication and reputation management strategies, what are the consequences of a bureaucratic reputation approach? What does it tell us about the authority, the accountability, the legitimacy and responsiveness of the bureaucracy, and its political support? Should we be concerned with the outcomes of reputation and reputation management in shaping audience perceptions?

We welcome empirical, theoretical/conceptual as well normative papers that focus on the political outcomes and effects of bureaucratic reputation/reputation management.

Paper List

Title Details
Chicken or Egg: Exploring the Coevolution of Reputation, Performance and Structural Reforms. Evidence from a Flemish Public-Sector Organization View Paper Details
How a Bad Bureaucratic Reputation Becomes ‘Toxic’: Theorizing and Conceptualizing Political Sanctioning Behavior as a Consequence of Reputational Decline View Paper Details
Judicial Review as a Reputational Threat to Regulatory Agencies: Evidence from Spain and the United Kingdom View Paper Details
Measuring Bureaucratic Reputation: Scale Development and validation View Paper Details
Reputation-Sourced Authority and the Prospect of Unchecked Bureaucratic Power View Paper Details
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