Legitimacy crises and the temporal dynamics of bureaucratic representation

Murdoch, Zuzana, Connolly, Sara, Kassim, Hussein and Geys, Ben (2021) Legitimacy crises and the temporal dynamics of bureaucratic representation. Governance. ISSN 0952-1895

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Abstract

The representation of specific groups and social interests within (or by) the civil service has long been a concern of public administration scholarship. Yet, much of this literature focuses on representation at a single point in time. In this article, we propose a more dynamic perspective. In terms of theory, we postulate specific temporal relationships between triggering cues (e.g., a crisis event) and the representation decisions of civil servants. We specify two complementary mechanisms underlying these relationships: i.e. a sensemaking process whereby the perceived meaning and relative salience of distinct groups and interests changes over time; and a shift in bureaucrats’ discretion to represent specific groups or interests changes over time. We illustrate these time-dependent processes using interview and survey data from the European Commission.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: crisis,european commission,representative bureaucracy,sensemaking,time
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2020 01:07
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2021 11:55
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/77916
DOI: 10.1111/gove.12569

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