An Experimental Assessment of Public Ownership and Performance : Comparing perceptions in East Asia and the United States

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1208-1228
Journal / PublicationPublic Management Review
Volume15
Issue number8
Online published10 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Abstract

An experimental research design is adopted to explore the potential impact of cultural differences in East Asia and the United States on perceptions of public ownership and governmental performance (efficiency, equity, and probity). While passionate debate has influenced governments on the merits of public or private organizations' delivery of public services, the empirical evidence remains ambivalent. Similarly, argument on societal and regional cultures suggests differences within East Asia as compared to the United States, but evidence is scant. Masters of Public Administration students in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and the United States rated vignettes of organizations classified as public, private, or unknown ownership against key dimensions of performance. Findings indicate few public ownership and limited country differences, but a consistency in the rating of vignettes, suggesting convergence. The implications of these findings for the study of public management are considered in conclusion. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

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  • East-West differences, experimental methods, performance, Public ownership

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An Experimental Assessment of Public Ownership and Performance: Comparing perceptions in East Asia and the United States. / Walker, Richard M.; Brewer, Gene A.; Bozeman, Barry et al.
In: Public Management Review, Vol. 15, No. 8, 2013, p. 1208-1228.

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